Ptosis is a condition in which the upper eyelid begins to droop or sag. Though it can affect people of all ages, ptosis is most commonly found in older individuals. The condition is understandably frightening for the people it affects, but what causes ptosis in the first place? What are its treatment options? Having a better understanding of ptosis can help patients make well-informed decisions regarding the treatment they receive.
Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban is a Los Angeles eyelid plastic surgeon who specializes in blepharoplasty and ptosis surgery, the latter of which is known as treatment for ptosis. If you suffer from droopy or saggy eyelids, please contact Dr. Taban today at 855.822.2663.
What Causes Ptosis?
As mentioned, ptosis can be caused by a number of factors. Most commonly, the condition occurs when the levator muscle, the muscle responsible for raising the upper eyelid, becomes damaged or weakened. As a person ages, years of eye opening/closing and loss of elasticity causes the levator muscle tendon to lose strength, which in turn allows the eyelids to begin drooping. In age-related ptosis, both eyes are usually affected, although it can be asymmetric.
n addition, some patients may have ptosis from birth. This is called congenital ptosis, and usually forms when an infant has developmental problems of the levator muscle. Unlike age-related ptosis, in which both eyes are affected equally, congenital ptosis usually affects only one eye.
Other conditions which might cause ptosis include diabetes, strokes, cluster headaches, Horner syndrome, and more. Though ptosis can be aesthetically unappealing, it’s important to remember that, in most cases, the condition isn’t serious. Most forms of ptosis can be fixed through relatively simple surgical treatment measures.
Treatment Options for Ptosis
If a patient’s ptosis is congenital or age-related, the best way to treat the condition is through ptosis surgery. During ptosis surgery, Dr. Taban surgically tightens the levator muscles around the eye, allowing patients to regain control over their upper eyelid once more.
Ptosis surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. Once the procedure is over, patients are allowed toreturn home, though it’s important that they not drive themselves. Instead, Dr. Taban recommends that patients bring a family member to the procedure. Because a patient’s eyelids may be sore and slightly uncomfortable immediately after ptosis surgery has been performed, a family member is very useful in driving home safely.
If a patient’s ptosis is caused by another disease (such as diabetes), it’s important that doctors treat the root cause of the condition before undergoing ptosis surgery. As with all surgeries, it’s critical that patients consult with a doctor before undergoing any type of procedure. An oculoplastic surgeon such as Dr. Taban can give patients advice and tips on how to best deal with their specific case of ptosis.
Contact Dr. Taban Today
Understanding ptosis is the first step to treating the condition. If you suffer from drooping of the upper eyelids, it’s possible that surgical treatment may be required to fix the condition. Specializing in eyelid and facial surgery, Dr. Taban can offer patients normal, proper-functioning eyelids once more. To schedule a Santa Barbara eyelid cosmetic surgery, please call Dr. Taban’s office at 855.822.2663 today.