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Ptosis Surgical Solutions for Drooping Eyelids

Ptosis, also known as blepharoptosis, is a condition characterized by drooping upper eyelids that can affect one or both eyes. Fortunately, there are ptosis surgical solutions available that can provide fully restored eyelid functionality and improved appearance. The condition can be congenital (present at birth) or may develop with age. In addition to a cosmetic concern, severe ptosis can interfere with vision and necessitate surgical correction. Here at Associates in Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, VA, we understand the complications and self-consciousness that ptosis can cause.

What Causes Ptosis?

Ptosis occurs when the muscles that lift your eyelid (levator and Muller’s muscles) become weak or damaged. This can happen due to aging, injury, nerve issues, or even certain diseases. Factors leading to ptosis can include:

  • Advanced age
  • Congenital issues
  • Nerve problems
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes and myasthenia gravis

Whether congenital or acquired, ptosis can significantly affect your vision and ability to carry out daily tasks. Hence, it is essential to seek medical help to correct this issue.

Ptosis Assessment: A crucial step

Before recommending any ptosis surgical solutions, we conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the extent of the droop and its effects on your vision. This involves:

  • A visual acuity test
  • Examination of the eyelid’s elevation and strength
  • Assessment of the levator muscle function

These tests help our experienced surgeons to chart out a surgical plan substantively designed for your individual case.

Ptosis Surgical Solutions: Restoring Your Vision and Appearance

The mainstay treatment for ptosis is surgery, with the choice of procedure mainly dependent on the muscle function and patient’s individual needs. Here are the commonly used surgical techniques:

Levator Resection

In cases where the levator muscle shows moderate to good strength, a levator resection may be performed. This procedure involves reattaching the muscle to a higher point on the eyelid, thus enabling it to lift properly.

Muller’s Muscle-Conjunctival Resection (MMCR)

If the levator muscle reveals weak function, an MMCR may be recommended. This technique aims to strengthen the secondary eyelid lifting muscles (Muller’s muscles) from the inside of the lid, creating a more natural look.

Frontalis Sling Operation

This operation is most commonly used for severe ptosis where the levator muscle function is extremely poor or in cases of congenital ptosis. The frontalis sling procedure involves the connection of the forehead muscle (frontalis muscle) to the lid, allowing the forehead to lift the eyelid.

Post-Surgery Care and Recovery

Following any ptosis surgery, certain care and precautions are necessary for optimal healing and recovery:

  • Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a week.
  • Keep your head elevated to reduce swelling.
  • Apply prescribed antibiotic ointment to the surgical area.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers to manage discomfort, but steer clear from aspirin that can increase bleeding.

Most patients get back to their regular activities within a week to ten days. However, complete recovery and visible results may take several weeks to a few months, depending on the individual’s healing process.

Trust Associates in Plastic Surgery for Ptosis Surgical Solutions

At Associates in Plastic Surgery, we have an exceptional team of surgeons who specialize in ptosis surgical solutions. We believe in an individualized approach, understanding that each patient’s situation and expectations are unique. Our superior technical skills, combined with an artistic eye and comprehensive care, result in a beautiful, natural-looking outcome that not only enhances your appearance but also dramatically improves your quality of life.

Never let ptosis interfere with your vision or self-confidence. If you are struggling with ptosis, schedule a consultation with our expert team today. You don’t have to live with the discomfort and hindrance of drooping eyelids. We’re here to help you see the world more clearly, with eyes wide open.

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