Every day is a struggle for people suffering from ptosis. Pronounced “toe-sis,” the condition refers to the drooping of the upper eyelids, sometimes known as “lazy eye.” In an effort to fix this condition, some people with ptosis elect to undergo ptosis surgery, a procedure that raises the upper eyelid, creating a more uniform and “normal” appearance of the eyes. However, some people are not satisfied with results from ptosis surgery because eyelids are still too low, giving an appearance that is aesthetically unappealing. In these cases, revisional ptosis surgery will further adjust and fix the position of the eyelid. The procedure is a specialty for the expert surgeons at the Eyelid Reconstruction Center of Excellence.
What is Revisional Ptosis Surgery?
Revisional ptosis surgery is performed when the results of an initial ptosis surgery are less than satisfactory. Maybe the eyelid still droops, or maybe the eyes are asymmetrical. In any case, revisional ptosis surgery can help alleviate the embarrassment that comes from eyes suffering from ptosis.
Causes of Ptosis
There are a many causes for ptosis, many of them natural. Many people who suffer from ptosis were born with the condition as children. Most commonly, ptosis tends to affect older men and women. As people age, the muscles in their eyelids begin to weaken, causing the drooping look that characterizes the condition.
Ptosis can also affect people involved in accidents, or people who have recently experienced LASIK or cataract surgery. In addition, trauma and neurological conditions can cause the development of the ptosis. Other causes for drooping eyelids can be:
- Loose skin of the upper eyelids
- Damage to the nerves of the muscle that raises the eyelid
What to Expect From Revisional Ptosis Surgery
Revisional ptosis surgery fixes the drooping eyelids that occurs in patients with ptosis. The procedure lifts the upper eyelid by tightening the levator muscle, the muscle responsible for raising and lifting the upper eyelid. However, due to the scar tissue left behind from the initial ptosis surgery, revisional ptosis surgery is much harder and requires more expertise to perform. Thankfully, the surgeons at the Eyelid Reconstruction Center of Excellence are experts in performing revisional ptosis surgery.
After the procedure has been performed, the upper eyelid no longer droops, giving the appearance of rejuvenation and youthfulness. And since the procedure is performed at an outpatient center, there is no need for an overnight stay. However, our surgeons recommend that patients undergoing revisional ptosis surgery be accompanied by a friend or loved one who can drive them home. Because their eyes will be sensitive after the procedure, it’s critical that patients bring someone who can safety escort them home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is revisional ptosis surgery dangerous?
A: Not at all! Revisional ptosis surgery is a safe and effective way of correcting droopy eyelids. However, the procedure is more complex than normal ptosis surgery. Due to the scar tissue left over from the initial surgery, surgeons have to work around the previous operation.
Q: How soon after my first ptosis surgery can I have a revisional ptosis surgery?
A: If you are unsatisfied by the results of your first ptosis surgery, you should consult your doctor to learn more about a follow-up surgery. Because eyelid surgery can take months to heal completely, it’s important that a revisional ptosis surgery, if needed, does not conflict with the healing process of the first ptosis surgery.
Q: Who is a good candidate for revisional ptosis surgery?
A: If your eyelids continue to droop, even after undergoing ptosis surgery, you may be a good candidate for revisional ptosis surgery. Every person is different, naturally, so some people may experience more severe forms of ptosis than others. In any case, it’s important to consult your doctor or surgeon to determine if revisional ptosis surgery is necessary. If you’re unsatisfied with the results of a previous eyelid surgery, or if you find your eyelids returning to pre-surgery status, then you are an ideal candidate for revisional ptosis surgery.
Q: Is ptosis harmful?
A: No, ptosis is a harmless condition. However, the low eyelids that characterize ptosis can impede vision in certain individuals, making certainactions like driving difficult and dangerous. Otherwise, ptosis is a harmless condition that is mainly cosmetic, though extremely debilitating and embarrassing for sufferers of the condition.
Contact a Los Angeles Eye Surgery Expert
At the Eyelid Reconstruction Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our surgeons are experts in identifying, diagnosing, and treating sufferers of ptosis. If you are unsatisfied with the results of your initial ptosis surgery, then please contact us at (888) 384-0981 today.
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