Droopy upper eyelids (ptosis) can result from conditions affecting the elevating muscles of the upper eyelid, including ageing (degeneration), trauma, inherent nerve or muscle problems, or congenital causes. Besides causing an individual to appear tired, ptotic eyelids can lead to functional obstruction of the visual field, which may potentially be dangerous in situations such as driving. Most commonly, ptosis is due to a degenerative process where there is skin laxity and/or attenuation of the muscles and tendons elevating the upper eyelid. Most people notice the beginnings of ptosis in their late 30s or early 40s.
How can ptosis be corrected?
The management approach would vary according to the cause and severity. Mild eyelid drooping due to mainly lax skin may be addressed through non-surgical techniques. Non-surgical such as radiofrequency or botulinum toxin therapy, which are temporary. For controlled, longer-term reversal of eyelid drooping, surgery to elevate the upper eyelid margin is the best option. This involves accurately correcting the deformity causing the ptosis through advancement or resection of the levator muscle or utilizing other muscles to help raise the upper eyelid.
Simultaneously, aesthetic principles can be applied to achieve a pleasing upper eyelid appearance. Your plastic surgeon will perform a thorough assessment to determine the cause of your droopy upper eyelids and recommend the most appropriate course of management.
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