Blepharoplasty and Ptosis

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is one of the most commonly requested procedures among both men and women. It is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the eyelids in order to give a more youthful appearance. The aging face is associated with a loss of elasticity in the eyelid, which results in tired, sagging, or puffy lids.

A personal consultation is the first step towards realizing your desires. Whether improving your appearance or improving your vision, your surgeon must first differentiate between excess lid skin and true ptosis. Ptosis of the upper lid, or brow ptosis, is a Eye Conditions approach to either elevate the brow or repair the levator muscle in the upper lid. A blepharoplasty is a relatively short procedure with a hidden incision and minimal down time. Mild swelling and bruising lasts approximately one week, after which time the sutures are removed. Our aesthetician can provide you with a skin recovery plan to help in your facial rejuvenation.

If you feel that your eyelids are giving you the appearance of being tired, than a blepharoplasty might be a good choice for you. It is meant to restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance.


Ptosis is a drooping of the upper lid that can restrict peripheral vision. The brow muscles usually become overactive to compensate for the drooping lid, which results in "tired" eyes. Ptosis is caused by an abnormality or weakness in the eyelid muscles (levator and mullers muscles). This can be congenital (occurring at birth) or acquired due to age or neurogenic, myogenic, or mechanical reasons. Treatment depends on the type of ptosis you have. The most common type is age-related ptosis, which requires that the levator muscles are repaired in order to raise the upper lid.