Ptosis is a medical term for droopy eyes caused by weakened eyelid muscles. In this condition, the upper eyelid margin (edge of the eyelid) sags in front of the pupil, blocking the field of vision. Ptosis can affect one or both eyes, depending on the specific cause. The most common cause of ptosis in adults is related to aging changes resulting in stretching or weakening of the levator muscle (the main
eyelid muscle). To lift the upper eyelid and brighten your appearance, the levator muscle can be tightened or shortened so that it can properly contract and pull back the lid. If significant amounts of sagging skin are also affecting your appearance and ability to see, ptosis repair can be combined with blepharoplasty (an eyelid lift) on the upper and/or lower eyelids.
Candidates for ptosis surgery should be in overall good health without any underlying medical conditions that could complicate the procedure or recovery process. You may benefit from the ptosis repair procedure if you experience one or more of the following concerns:
- Drooping eyelids
- Heavy under-eye bags
- Aged or tired appearance
- Asymmetrical eyes
At your initial consultation, Dr. Ghafouri will discuss your cosmetic concerns and assess your eyes to determine the right technique for your individual ptosis repair. He can also suggest additional procedures in combination with ptosis surgery to help you achieve the best possible results.
Ptosis repair surgery typically takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the severity of your condition and whether additional procedures are added. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia administered so you will be put in a twilight sleep without being fully sedated. During the procedure, Dr. Ghafouri will start by making a tiny incision in the upper eyelid to expose the levator muscle. Depending on whether the muscle is stretched or weakened, it will either be trimmed or tightened and then the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures.
Mild to moderate swelling and bruising are common for the first few days after surgery. Lubricating eye drops will be provided to prevent dry eye and prescription pain medication can be prescribed if you still have discomfort after taking over-the-counter medication. Most patients can return to work about 3-5 days more strenuous exercise should be avoided for about two weeks. Patients should also refrain from wearing contacts for 2-3 weeks. It can take a few weeks for all of the swelling to subside but once your results have developed, you can expect your youthful appearance and rejuvenated look to last permanently or for many years.
Dr. Ghafouri MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with specialized training in oculoplastic and orbital surgery. His exclusive specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial surgery sets him apart from other plastic surgeons who practice a larger range of facial and body surgeries. The eyes are a complex and dynamic structure that requires the trained eye of an eyelid surgeon like Dr. Ghafouri to achieve the best possible results. He has performed over 12,000 aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries, each with a personalized approach and commitment to exceptional results.Learn More
“I couldn’t be more pleased. A week after my procedure my nephew came over and asked why I looked so much younger. I shared that I had surgery on my upper lids. There was minimal discoloration with following the information to the letter. I’m still wondering how Dr made me look like myself only younger. I told my husband my vision has gone from a regular movie theater to a I Max. The facility is beautiful and the staff very kind and welcoming. I had an eye specialist tell me he wouldn’t let anyone but Dr. Ghafouri do his Oculoplastic.”
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“A wonderful practice full of caring practitioners. Dr. Ghafouri was patient in answering all of my questions and concerns. And the results speak for themselves.”
Dr. Ghafouri offers virtual consultations for out-of-town patients. We see patients from all across the country who trust Dr. Ghafouri’s unique skills and expertise for their facial or eyelid surgeries. If you choose to travel to Arizona for your surgery, we can also recommend hotels and other resources to make your stay comfortable.
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