In severe cases, it can even obstruct vision and cause the brows to be permanently furrowed. Pryor Health offers procedures that help reduce sagging skin and lift the upper eyelids, such as an eyelid lift. When performed by an experienced and caring plastic surgeon, an eyelid lift can result in a brighter, more youthful, alert appearance.
There are different approaches a licensed surgeon can take to address eyelid ptosis. Our facility in Rockford offers a range of solutions, from non-surgical to facial plastic surgery. The surgical address is generally the most effective approach, and it can permanently reduce or remove excess skin and lift or tighten the eyelids and skin around the eyes.
Patients who have mild to moderate concerns can bypass surgery and opt for non-surgical treatments, like Botox® injections. However, ptosis is often best corrected with traditional methods, such as:
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic facial procedure that addresses another cause of sagging lids, which is excess skin and tissue building up above the eye. The procedure trims away excess skin and removes or repositions the fat pads around the eye to help it appear softer and more alert.
Blepharoplasty is traditionally performed with a scalpel, but laser technology is often incorporated to make incisions and deliver more precise control. This surgical treatment is customized to address the unique concerns of each patient and, unlike other procedures, will not lift or alter the position of the eye.
A facelift addressed to the upper face, also known as a brow lift, is a surgical procedure that can smooth and tighten the skin and muscles on the brows and forehead. As a result, this can lift the entire upper facial region and correct signs of aging like wrinkling, lax skin, and drooping lids.
There are many ways to perform the facelift, your surgeon will help you determine which approach is right for you. Endoscopic options are available, allowing your surgeon to achieve similar results with tiny incisions. Depending on the severity of your condition and the desired result, you may require more extensive correction.
Your surgeon can correct ptosis by tightening the levator muscles that lift the upper eyelid. If there is an issue of asymmetry, this surgery can help achieve a more balanced appearance. Considered 100% worth it by patients who get the procedure, ptosis repair surgery can be approached in several ways to address the loose muscles and lift sagging skin.
Options include the external approach, where an incision is made in the crease of the eyelid to hide the scar, another approach is to perform it by going under the lid. A third, “sling” technique uses a small silicone rod that slides underneath the eyelid skin and attaches the levator muscle to the stronger frontalis muscles of the forehead, redirecting them to hold up the eyelids.
You will likely have some bruising and discomfort for at least two weeks after the surgery but pain should be minimal and you should see clear results within the first month.
Ptosis and blepharoptosis are the medical terms for what occurs when the levator muscles, that raise the eyelid, cease to function properly. This causes drooping of the upper eyelid, which can affect the vision and become a cosmetic concern. Some people are born with this condition and it may be inherited through genetics, while others can develop drooping lids later in life. Ptosis that is present from birth is congenital ptosis, whereas other causes can be related to weight fluctuations issues and the effects of aging in the skin - known as acquired ptosis.
For those with congenital ptosis, the muscles that elevate the eyelids don’t develop properly and are not strong enough to keep the eyelids open all the way. For those with acquired ptosis, it can be due to loss of elastin and collagen, the proteins that keep the fibers and tissues in the skin-tight. Some may develop ptosis after long-term eye contact wear or eye surgery. If it appears suddenly in young patients, addressing it with your doctor should be the first step to rule out any underlying health issues.
The goal of a ptosis surgery can vary depending on the cause and the desired outcome. There are different ways to approach the correction, with the most common and effective method being surgery.
At the Pryor Health center in Rockford, Dr. Pryor works with patients to understand their goals and whether an aesthetic correction is a high priority. Together, you can work to decide on the best approach. Typically, patients who undergo surgery report better vision, a more alert and rejuvenated appearance, and improved self-esteem and confidence.
You are invited to book a treatment at Pryor Health where we offer a full range of Surgical, Medspa and Wellness services to take years off of your appearance. We are known for our results and care of our patients.