Droopy Eyelid - Ptosis Surgical Repair

Ptosis, also known as droopy eyelids, can be due to changes in the muscles that lift the eyelids, neurologic causes, or excessive skin. It can be something a patient was born with, a result from trauma, or prior eyelid surgery.

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What is Ptosis (Droopy Eyelid)?

Droopy upper eyelids give rise to ptosis (pronounced ‘toesis’). In some cases, droopy upper eyelids cause visual field obstruction, making it difficult to see or enjoy things such as driving or reading. Some studies show that the sleepy-eyed appearance of ptosis makes people assume the sufferer is not bright.

Droopy lower eyelids can either sag outwards (ectropion) or inwards (entropion). Usually, the lower eyelids are affected. In either case, patients are extremely uncomfortable, with burning and dryness of the eyes, as well as a foreign body sensation. It is possible for problems with the eye to arise as a result of the malpositions of the eyelid. The tear ducts may also be blocked by longstanding drooping and can be corrected at the time of the eyelid surgery, if necessary. In general, repair of these conditions is helpful and often curative. 

How We Treat Ptosis

Droopy upper eyelid repair (ptosis surgery) is usually accomplished on an outpatient basis in an ambulatory surgery center or in our Philadelphia office suite. You are awake for a portion of the procedure so the eyelid can be set in the perfect position. It is not uncommon to need a follow-up procedure shortly after the repair to adjust eyelid height to a satisfactory level. Postoperatively, there is minimal pain. Bruising is common and lasts for one to two weeks. Contact lenses cannot be worn for two weeks after surgery, but you can go back to work much sooner—usually within five days.
[In] October 13, 2000, Dr. Wulc corrected the ptosis in my right eye. He repaired it perfectly and my vision was restored. Sixteen years later, and my eyelids still match! I'm so grateful that I had Dr. Wulc perform that delicate surgery. — Ellen C. Read more Testimonials
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Our Results
Treatment of ptosis varies depending on the cause, but together, we'll help you discover the best treatment options to restore youth and beauty to your eyes. Here are some post-treatment photos to set a realistic expectation of what ptosis repair can look like.

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American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
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American Board of Ophthalmology
American Board of Phisician Specialties
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Ophthalmic Plasic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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