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Ptosis surgery for droopy eyelids

Say goodbye to droopy eyelids. Brighten your vision and improve your field of view with ptosis surgery. Book your appointment online today.

Ptosis surgery is an operation to tighten the muscle that lifts your upper eyelid.

As you get older, the levator muscle that lifts your upper eyelid stretches and weakens, causing your eyelid to sag.

If you have a sagging eyelid that is interfering with your vision, ptosis surgery can be an effective treatment to improve your vision.

Ptosis surgery can also be performed to make you look younger if one of your eyelids has begun to sag or there is a difference in the height of your eyelids.

The operation is usually performed under a local anaesthetic that is injected in your eyelid and given as local-anaesthetic eye drops.

The operation usually takes 45 to 90 minutes, depending on whether the operation involves both of your upper eyelids.

Your surgeon will usually make a cut on the natural skin crease of your eyelid.

They will place stitches in the levator muscle to strengthen its attachment to your eyelid and to adjust the height of your eyelid.

The position of your eyelid should improve, and your face should look younger.

If your eyelid is interfering with your vision, your vision should improve.

You should be able to go home after a few hours.

However, when you return home, there are a few precautions you need to take:

  • Do not get your eyelid wet, do strenuous exercise or bend down until the stitches are removed.
  • Do not wear eye make-up or drink alcohol for a few weeks, and keep your face out of the sun.
  • Do not swim for at least 4 weeks.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible.

Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

The results of ptosis surgery last for a long time.

Your face will continue to age, but should always appear younger than if you had not had surgery.

Like all surgical procedures, there are some complications that can be serious and can even cause death.

Please bear in mind the general and specific complications regarding this type of operation.

General complications of any operation:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)

Specific complications of this operation:

  • Over-correction
  • Under-correction
  • Bleeding into your eye socket
  • Cornea abrasion
  • Cosmetic problems


Author: Prof Anthony King MD FRCOphth

Illustrator: Medical Illustration Copyright © Nucleus Medical Art. All rights reserved.

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