Drooping eyelids or ptosis (pronounced TOE-sis), occurs when the eyelid muscles cannot raise the eyelid properly, resulting in a limited field of vision and sleepy looking eyes. People with ptosis often adopt habits to allow clearer sight, such as raising their eyelids with their hand, or raising their chin, or wrinkling their eyebrows and foreheads to raise their eyelids.
Ptosis can be corrected by shortening the levator muscle in the eyelid or by connecting it to the muscles of the brow, thereby restoring the eyelid to its normal position. Ptosis is considered a medical condition, and correction is covered by most insurance plans.
Eyelid lift or blepharoplasty (pronounced BLEF-uh-ro-plast-te), corrects drooping eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat. As we age, our eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them become weaker. This process causes sagging of the eyebrows, drooping of the upper eyelids and bags under the eyes which can affect our youthful appearance and our peripheral vision.
Blepharoplasty is performed in our Ambulatory Surgery Center under local anesthetic. The procedure takes about an hour, and small sutures are used, which remain in place for a few days afterwards. If deemed medically necessary, blepharoplasty is covered under most insurance.
An eyebrow lift helps to reduce deep wrinkles, lines and furrows in the forehead while raising heavy, drooping eyelids that create a hooded effect over the eyes.
During an eyebrow lift procedure, usually done with local anesthetic, several small incisions are made along the upper part of the forehead near the hairline. Through the incisions, which allow access to the deeper tissues below the skin, dense muscle tissue is removed from between brows and forehead, smoothing the appearance of the area. The skin is then also lifted slightly to smooth wrinkles and raise the eyebrows. Like ptosis and blepharoplasty, an eyebrow lift is covered by most insurance plans if deemed medically necessary.