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Ptosis and Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty Dubai | 15 June 2019

Ptosis is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelid — a condition that may affect one or both eyes. Ptosis that is present since birth is called congenital ptosis. Droopy eyelids in general occur when the edge of the upper eyelid (eyelid margin) falls from its normal position. When the edge of the eyelid falls too low and covers part of the pupil, it can block the upper part of your vision. In most cases, a drooping upper eyelid results from aging of previously normal structures. Typically, the tendon of the muscle responsible for lifting the eyelid stretches and the eyelid falls. Surgical correction of a drooping upper eyelid involves repairing the stretched tendon.

It is not uncommon for a person to develop a droopy upper eyelid following cataract surgery or other eye surgeries because manipulation of the eyelid during a procedure can cause weakening of the muscle that holds the eye open. Stroke and trauma also can cause ptosis. Ptosis surgery most often is performed by ophthalmologists and oculoplastic surgeons.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Eyelid Surgery?

If you aren’t sure that you are a candidate for blepharoplasty, schedule an appointment with me to evaluate you for any medical problems related to your eyelids. If you don’t have a medical reason for a blepharoplasty procedure, you can discuss with me any concerns or interest you might have regarding cosmetic eyelid surgery. You might consider blepharoplasty if you have excessive drooping and sagging of skin around eyes, which often is due to normal aging. Sagging skin also can be exaggerated when you have other conditions such as puffy eyes caused by eye allergies or edema.

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