Drooping of the eyelids is usually due to a loosening of a muscle and tendon that normally holds the eyelid in position. This results in the eyelid margin (the area where the eyelashes grow) crossing the eyeball at a point that is too low. This often blocks part of the visual field and limits how much a person can see.This can be repaired by surgically reattaching the tendon to a more appropriate position, thereby elevating the eyelid to a more appropriate and natural position.
Droopy eyelid treatment is performed as an outpatient like most oculoplastic procedures. Patients are awake, but with mild sedation. Local anesthesia is placed delicately into the eyelid to ensure total patient comfort. There may be an incision made on the skin suface to access the muscle and tendon. If there is an incision made, it is made in the fold of the eyelid. As a result, any scar is well hidden. Sometimes, the procedure can be performed without making any skin incision at all. The specific approach will depend on your consultation with Dr. Neufeld and the severity of the drooping eyelid.
The incision is made with the laser beam and, as a result, bruising is usually less than if the incision is made with a scalpel. Also, healing is quicker with the laser. It is normal to have some bruising and swelling, most of which is gone within the first two weeks following surgery. The eyes may feel tight and slightly dry after ptosis surgery. This is normal and will usually resolve once the initial swelling subsides.
These procedures enable patients to see more of their visual field while, at the same time, give patients a more rested and youthful appearance. The procedures are often covered by insurance.
If you would like to consult with our eye care specialist about ptosis or any of our other cosmetic procedures please contact us at any of our convenient locations including Atlanta & Sandy Springs.