Eyelid surgery is a common method of treatment for entropion (inward turning of the eyelid), ectropion (outward turning of the eyelid), ptosis (drooping of the eyelid), and some eyelid tumors.
Eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. Risks of surgery are rare but can include bleeding, infection, and eyelid asymmetry due to uneven wound healing. Differences in healing between the eyes may cause some unevenness after surgery.
After eyelid surgery, bruising or a black eye is common but resolves quickly. It may be difficult to close your eyelids completely, making the eyes feel dry. This irritation generally disappears as you heal. Serious complications are rare but can include vision loss, scarring, and infection. To most people, the improvement in vision, comfort, and appearance after eyelid surgery is very gratifying.
Drooping eyelids or ptosis (pronounced TOE-sis), occurs when the eyelid muscles cannot raise the eyelid properly, resulting in a limited field of vision and sleepy looking eyes. People with ptosis often adopt habits to allow clearer sight, such as raising their eyelids with their hand, or raising their chin, or wrinkling their eyebrows and foreheads to raise their eyelids.
Ptosis can be corrected by shortening the levator muscle in the eyelid or by connecting it to the muscles of the brow, thereby restoring the eyelid to its normal position.
Eyelid lift or blepharoplasty (pronounced BLEF-uh-ro-plast-te), corrects droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat. Normally, the eyelids stretch with aging, and the muscles supporting them become weaker, which can result in excess fat gathering above and below the eyelids. This causes sagging of the eyebrows, drooping of the upper eyelids and bags under the eyes. This increases the appearance of aging, and can also interfere with peripheral vision.
Blepharoplasty can be performed either in our Ambulatory Surgery Center or in a hospital. Local anesthetic is usually sufficient, and the procedure takes about an hour. Small sutures are used, which remain in place for a few days afterwards.
An eyebrow lift helps to reduce deep wrinkles, lines and furrows in the forehead while raising heavy, droopy eyelids that create a hooded effect over the eyes.