Ptosis is a drooping or falling of the upper or lower eyelid. The condition occurs when the muscles that raise and lower the eyelids become weakened. It can also affect children, but it is more common in the elderly due to muscle deterioration. Children with ptosis often have congenital ptosis. Ptosis often requires surgical correction if it is severe enough to interfere with vision. A blepharoplasty or eyelid lift can be performed to correct ptosis. Ptosis surgery can also be performed for cosmetic purposes.
Ptosis surgery is an outpatient procedure involving tightening of the muscle that lifts the eyelid. The surgical approach taken depends on specific findings and testing performed during the preoperative evaluation. In many cases, the excess skin or fat may be removed by performing a blepharoplasty at the same time. Your surgeon will fully discuss your treatment options with you and will determine whether your ptosis is considered a cosmetic procedure or a medical necessity to be covered by insurance.