What is Ptosis and How is it Treated?

Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Serving Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL

Posted: July 18, 2022
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Before and After Blepharoplasty

Ptosis is the medical name for drooping eyelids. It may result from genetics, fatigue, or paralysis due to illness or disease, but it is often just a simple consequence of aging.

Ptosis can obscure vision. When the upper lids droop sufficiently to cover a portion of the visual field, ptosis may impede your lifestyle. It can also produce a more aged, sleepy, and inattentive appearance, causing many to seek a solution to the problem.

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is the most effective and longest-lasting option for ptosis. With this procedure, the upper lids are lifted to reveal more of the eye while the eyebrows are raised into a more youthful and attractive position.

An upper eyelid lift may be covered by insurance when it is used to improve obstructed vision. We can discuss this with you in greater detail during your initial consultation.

For the lower lids, blepharoplasty adds volume to the hollows underneath the eyes while removing puffy and dark skin. Lower blepharoplasty is also used to remove wrinkles from the lower eyelids.

Upper and lower blepharoplasty are often performed together for complete rejuvenation.

Injectables and Fillers

If a surgical option isn’t right for you, a non-surgical alternative may be your perfect fit. Dermal fillers can add volume to the area underneath the eyes, helping to restore a fuller and more youthful appearance. We offer commercial fillers and fat transfer for this purpose.

Neuromodulators such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® offer several benefits. These can be used to:

  • Lift drooping eyebrows
  • Smooth the skin in between the eyebrows
  • Eliminate crow’s feet

Neuromodulators can be used in combination with dermal fillers to address multiple issues. So too can non-surgical enhancements be used with surgical improvements to help produce optimal results. The combinations that will prove ideal for your goals will be determined during your initial consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ben Brown.

Call Restore Plastic Surgery at 850-500-7527 to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Brown today. Located in Pensacola, we serve all nearby areas of Florida.