Ptosis (pronounced ‘toh-sis’) is when the eyelid itself is coming down and covering too much of the colored part of the eye called the iris. In severe cases, it can cover the pupil as well. For some patients, there is no true ptosis, but rather extra skin hooding over the eyes. This is called dermatochalasis. Ptosis versus dermatochalasis can be determined by Dr. Morales during your evaluation.
Ptosis repair is a surgical procedure that aims to tighten one of the two muscles that function in lifting the upper eyelid. This can be achieved externally through the upper eyelid crease, or internally from the inside of the eyelid. Dr. Morales will help you to determine which technique would work best for you.
In the recovery period, swelling and bruising are not uncommon. During this time, you will be instructed to use ice to your eyelids and apply an antibiotic ointment to the incisions. Strenuous activity should be avoided in the week following surgery.
Sutures are removed in the office approximately one week later.
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