“Droopy Eyelid” (Ptosis) Repair in Washington DC

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Eyelid ptosis is a condition in which the upper eyelids sag, causing an aged and tired look and sometimes obstructing one’s field of vision. When the muscle that holds open the eyelids begins to weaken and stretch, ptosis can occur.

To repair this muscle, it is necessary for Dr. Rad to perform a corrective procedure known as droopy eyelid ptosis repair surgery. Internal sutures are used to tighten the sagging eyelid muscle, raising the drooping eyelids. This restores a youthful and alert appearance.

In many cases, along with sagging muscle tissue, there is excess sagging skin on the upper eyelids. To address this skin, upper blepharoplasty surgery can be performed. A brow lift can also be performed to lift sagging eyebrows and reduce excess forehead and brow skin.


Am I a Good Candidate for Droopy Eyelid “Ptosis” Repair Surgery?

Most people with sagging upper eyelids are excellent candidates for droopy eyelid ptosis repair surgery. Eyelid sagging can result in an older or constantly tired appearance. Patients who are often told they look like they are fatigued or lack energy because of their drooping lids are good candidates for ptosis repair. If one’s upper eyelids are obscuring their vision, the severity of the condition certainly warrants a corrective procedure.

The best candidates for ptosis repair do not have preexisting eye conditions such as glaucoma or retinal disease. They are in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding their potential results.

Non-smokers are preferred, because smoking reduces skin health and elasticity, which can negatively affect the results and the recovery process. If you are a smoker, it is best to quit at least two weeks before the procedure date and to avoid smoking during healing.


How Does Dr. Rad Approach Droopy Eyelid “Ptosis” Repair Surgery?

Dr. Rad performs droopy eyelid eyelid ptosis repair surgery in a way that minimizes potential complications and allows for complete patient comfort. At the start of the procedure, twilight anesthesia is administered to the patient, along with local anesthesia. Twilight anesthesia is a form of conscious sedation, and local anesthesia numbs the operative region to any pain that might otherwise occur. These are administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Dr. Rad creates a very small incision within the natural crease at the top of the upper eyelid. This allows access to the underlying sagging muscle tissue. This weakened tissue is lifted and tightened with the help of fine permanent internal sutures. The patient is awakened from anesthesia and instructed to open their eyes, giving Dr. Rad a full understanding of the effectiveness of the procedure.

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Droopy Eyelid “Ptosis” Repair

Dr. Rad’s approach is unique for each patient, and it combines sophisticated, state-of-the-art techniques to achieve natural and long lasting results.



Your vision for your results will emerge through detailed consultation with Dr. Rad, meticulous examination of your anatomy, and careful pre-surgical planning. While Dr. Rad’s surgical approach is unique for each patient, the goal of naturalness remains constant.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

What are Dr. Rad’s patients saying?

“I trust Dr. Rad’s technical expertise as well as his eye for beauty. You will be in excellent hands having Dr. Rad perform your cosmetic surgeries as well as any non-surgical touch ups. Dr. Rad knows how to accentuate your natural beauty.”

Kathleen R. | May, 2018


About your Washington DC surgeon

Dr. Rad’s credentials speak for themselves: Princeton (B.S.E, Magna Cum Laude), Duke School of Medicine (M.D.) and University of London (Ph.D.) educated and Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery trained, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, and long-standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rad is considered an expert in facial plastic surgery and microsurgery. He is ranked the #1 plastic surgeon in Washington DC based on aggregate ratings from all independent ranking websites: “top rated local“, “three best rated” top plastic surgeon and “top plastic surgeon reviews“. SHERBER+RAD have never engaged in paid advertising, and all rankings, reviews are from vetted and respected sources.

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What is the cost of ptosis repair surgery?

The exact price of droopy eyelid ptosis repair in Washington DC varies depending on the specifics of each case. The cost is impacted by factors like the complexity of the procedure, the amount of time required to perform the surgery, the patient’s specific facial anatomy, and more.

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