WHAT ARE MY NON-SURGICAL OPTIONS?
There are no non-surgical options available to tighten sagging eyelid muscle tissue. However, if you are experiencing mild eyelid ptosis with sagging skin, Thermage FLX non-surgical skin tightening can help. This treatment involves the application of radiofrequency (RF) energy to the eyelids, which encourages collagen contraction and remodeling. It also stimulates growth of new collagen in the tissues. This serves to increase skin elasticity and tightness.
WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE AFTER PTOSIS REPAIR?
After your droopy eyelid ptosis repair surgery, you will be able to return home to rest and recover. It will be necessary for a friend or a family member to drive you home, since you will not be able to drive yourself home. During the recovery process, it will be vital to follow Dr. Rad’s post-operative care directions as closely as possible in order to avoid complications. This also leads to minimized downtime. Patients typically notice mild swelling and bruising in the area, which are both only temporary. Discomfort is minimal. Patients must stay home from work for 5 to 7 days.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF EYELID PTOSIS?
The causes of eyelid ptosis are varied and can affect people of all ages. In many cases, eyelid sagging is the result of the aging process, which causes the muscle tissues in the eyelids to lose strength and elasticity. The constant pull of gravity can be a factor, as can injuries to the area and neurological conditions. Congenital defects like malformed or weakened tendons and muscles can also play a role.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE EYELIDS DURING PTOSIS?
The muscles of the eyelids are quite thin, and they experience constant use. This eventually leads to strain and muscle fatigue. Because of this, the eyelid muscles become unable to keep the eyelids elevated at a normal level. Excess skin can add to this issue, pulling down the eyelids. These changes in the tissues result in an appearance of sleepiness.
WHAT IS A PTOSIS REPAIR CONSULTATION LIKE?
During a consultation with Dr. Rad, an examination is performed to ensure that you are suitable for droopy eyelid repair. You and Dr. Rad will go over your goals for the procedure, along with your complete medical history, including current medications, past procedures, and any allergies you may have. Dr. Rad will walk you through the surgery, along with preparation and recovery. You can ask questions and have any concerns addressed. Finally, a date will be set for the procedure.
HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?
The results of droopy eyelid ptosis repair surgery, like most surgeries, are very long-lasting. Patients will enjoy tighter eyelids and elimination of eyelid ptosis for years to come. It is important to remember that many of the factors leading to development of ptosis in the eyelids will still occur, such as the aging process and the steady downward pull of gravity.