Droopy Eyelid & Ptosis Treatment in Huntington Beach
19671 Beach Blvd. Suite 400 Huntington Beach, California 92648
Do your eyelids sag lower than the average person’s? Ptosis, or droopiness, is a common condition affecting the eyelids that ages your face and can even diminish your field of vision by as much as 30%. Fortunately, the amazing ophthalmologists at Clarity Eye Group can correct ptosis with a procedure called upper blepharoplasty.
What Causes Eyelid Ptosis?
For most people, drooping eyelids are a consequence of aging. Over time, your eyelid muscles weaken, making it more difficult to open them completely. Additionally, loose skin and excess fat can accumulate just above the eye, which pushes down on the eyelid and worsens this sagging.
However, some people are born with one or more drooping eyelids (congenital ptosis) due to underdeveloped eyelid muscles. Others can acquire a drooping eyelid later in life because of a traumatic injury, nerve damage, stroke, brain tumor, or diabetes.
Treating Eyelid Ptosis
Regardless of the cause of ptosis, there is one common treatment that can improve the appearance and functionality of the upper eyelid: blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid lift.
To begin, the patient is given local anesthesia to keep him or her comfortable throughout the procedure. Then the ophthalmologist makes a tiny incision along the crease of the eyelid. This is the optimal location so that any scarring (which is usually mild) is easily concealed within the crease. Through this incision, the ophthalmologist removes excess skin and fat, repositioning some fat and muscle as necessary for an appealing, natural appearance. He also tightens the eyelid muscles so that they are strong enough to open the eyelids more completely. Once the surgery is finished, he re-sutures the incision. If the other eyelid also has ptosis, the procedure is repeated on the other eye, with a focus on ensuring the upper eyelids look symmetrical.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Patients undergo treatment for droopy eyelids to:
- Correct droopy eyelids
- Address asymmetry of the eyelids
- Improve field of vision for better sight
- Rejuvenate the face
- Obtain a happier and less tired appearance
- Achieve subtle, natural-looking results
- Boost confidence and have a more thriving social and professional life
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Patients should focus on resting for the first couple days after surgery, avoiding activities that can strain the eyes, like reading or staring at a digital screen. In the weeks following surgery, patients may experience some swelling, bruising, light sensitivity, and blurry vision. Mild discomfort can be managed with pain medication and ice packs. Clarity Eye Group schedules periodic checkups to ensure that eyes are healing correctly and without any complications. Most patients feel and look well enough to return to work one to two weeks after surgery.
Why You Should Choose Clarity Eye Group to Correct Your Droopy Eyelids
Our ophthalmologists are some of the top eye doctors in Huntington and Newport Beach, earning rave reviews for their advanced techniques and friendly patient care. Although many plastic surgeons also offer cosmetic eyelid surgery, most do not have in-depth training in ocular anatomy to meet the highest standards of safety and protect the eye’s full functionality like our ophthalmologists do. To learn more about correcting droopy upper eyelids, please arrange a consultation by calling 714-842-0651.