Ptosis is a condition that can affect people of any age, gender, and race. Characterized by the drooping of the upper eyelid, ptosis can give people the appearance of being tired or bored. In some cases, this drooping can be so severe that it impedes vision! For people who suffer from ptosis, everyday life can be difficult and embarrassing, but luckily, simple and effective treatment options exist.
At the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence, our team of expert eyelid surgeons can perform procedures to raise the eyelids to normal levels, restoring a look of alertness and youth to a patient. If you suffer from ptosis, it’s important that you understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for this condition. If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic and reconstructive surgeons, please call us at 888.384.0981.
Causes of Ptosis
A variety of factors can contribute to ptosis, some of which are avoidable while others aren’t. In most cases, ptosis is caused simply by old age. As a person ages, the muscles that control the eyelids (called the levator muscles) become weakened and cease to function correctly. When the levator muscles lose strength and elasticity, ptosis occurs. Depending on the severity of the muscle weakness, some patients may have eyelids which droop enough to obscure vision.
In other patients, ptosis is congenital, which means it’s a condition present from birth. This form of ptosis typically occurs when an infant has developmental problems of the levator muscle. Unlike other forms of ptosis, congenital ptosis usually affects only one eye.
Nerve damage, chronic conditions such as diabetes, and cluster headaches can all contribute to the development of ptosis as well. Horner syndrome, for example, is a form of nerve damage that occurs in the face and which is responsible for ptosis in a number of patients. Diabetes, likewise, can lead to problems and complications in the face and eyelids. Finally, studies have linked cluster headaches, a severe form of headache, to ptosis.
Treatment Options for Ptosis
Understanding the underlying causes of ptosis can help patients make informed decision regarding treatment options. If a patient’s condition is caused by an underlying disease or disorder (such as ptosis caused by diabetes), it’s important that doctors treat the initial disorder before providing treatment for the ptosis itself.
If a patient suffers from age-related or congenital ptosis, the eyelid experts at the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence can perform ptosis surgery, a procedure designed to raise the eyelids back to a normal position on the face. During ptosis surgery, patients are given local anesthesia to numb the eyelid(s). While performing ptosis surgery, our eyelid surgeons will tighten the levator muscle, thereby lifting the upper eyelid. In congenital cases where the muscle is very weak, a frontalis sling may be needed, which attaches the frontalis muscle to the upper eyelid. This allows for a patient to control his or her eyelids through their forehead muscles.
Ptosis surgery is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed at La Peer Health Systems. Once patients have returned home, they can expect to recover from ptosis surgery within a few days. In this time period, however, it’s recommended that patients do not drive or operate heavy machinery, as their eyes may still be sore and recovering.
Contact the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence Today
If you suffer from droopy eyelids, please contact the expert eyelid surgeons at the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence. With years of experience and access to state-of-the-art technologies, our Los Angeles eyelid specialists can correct the effects of ptosis. If you would like to schedule a consultation at the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence, please call us today at 888.384.0981.
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