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Healing After Ptosis Surgery

what is healing like after eyelid ptosis surgery eyelid ptosis is a condition
where the upper eyelid is in a lower position than it should be
ptosis when not associated with the neurologic condition is usually caused
by a dysfunction of a muscle called the levator muscle the word levator is like
the word elevator without the letter e in the beginning there are two types of
eyelid ptosis in this category the first is congenital ptosis which is ptosis
you’re born with the other is acquired ptosis which is ptosis that occurs after
you’re born in our practice we see patients with ptosis every day and
during the evaluation I’m always asked about the healing process the healing
process is very important for the outcome as well as the ability for the
patient to go back to work or be seen during social events I’ll discuss how I
evaluate my patients and provide guidance about the healing process with
different types of ptosis surgery which I perform

I’m Dr. Amiya Prasad I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and
Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon I’ve been in
practice in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years
eyelid ptosis surgery is a specialty procedure which is not typically
performed by general plastic or cosmetic surgeons but rather mostly by
oculoplastic or oculofacial plastic surgeons in fact the presence of ptosis
is often missed when cosmetic upper eyelid surgery is routinely performed
for excess skin and fat in these situations the patients are distressed
because they don’t look better after undergoing surgery since their ptosis
was not diagnosed or addressed the strategy for ptosis surgery is
dependent on the diagnosis of the type of ptosis the severity of the ptosis and
the relative strength or function of the levator muscle to optimize both recovery
and to maximize accuracy I usually perform ptosis surgery with local
anesthesia and LITE IV sedation using local anesthesia instead of general
anesthesia makes recovery from surgery much faster patients who have put under
general anesthesia often feel nausea and dizziness after surgery in addition with
general anesthesia you’re recovering from the effects of
general anesthesia as well as from the surgery itself with local anesthesia and
LITE IV sedation our patients recover from anesthesia immediately and they
feel fine the aftercare process is important for optimizing recovery after
surgery unless otherwise instructed I have patients apply cold compresses to
minimize swelling for the first 48 hours after surgery antibiotic ointment is
applied to the sutures where appropriate a common form of ptosis we treat is
acquired ptosis related to age the use of contact lenses eye rubbing and
allergies generally speaking this type of ptosis is mild with good levator
muscle function in this situation I often perform ptosis surgery by
shortening a muscle from the underside of the upper eyelid if there isn’t extra
skin to remove in the front of the eyelid there’s no visible sign of you
having undergone surgery the recovery from this type of ptosis surgery is
generally the quickest for example I performed this procedure for a doctor
who went back to work in two days I do advise my patients to take a few days
off to allow for the healing process and dissolving of internal sutures I often
use this technique for people who have had cosmetic eyelid surgery done
elsewhere learn after examination that they also
happen to have ptosis by performing the surgery from the inside of the eyelid
these patients feel better about having the surgery performed without having any
new incisions and sutures on the outside ptosis surgery for situations where the
eyelid level is blocking the pupil or center of the eye with good levator
muscle function is often approached by performing surgery directly on the
levator muscle at the same time I often perform cosmetic blepharoplasty to
address excess skin and fat to get the best cosmetic result as well
this approach is often used for age-related acquired ptosis as well as
in cases of congenital ptosis the recovery is comparable to upper eyelid
blepharoplasty where sutures are removed in about one week
and some swelling is present and it diminishes over the next few weeks two
months in some situations such as an asian eyelid surgery and congenital
ptosis the swelling can remain for longer periods and even lasts longer
than six months a less common situation is when the levator muscle has poor to
no function with the eyelid level blocking the pupil in these situations I
perform a procedure called if frontalis sling this is a surgery where a
connection is made between the eyelid and the muscle which lifts the eyebrows
called the frontalis muscle I place a materials such as silicone gore-tex or a
PTFE as well as the patient’s own or cadaver sourced tissue from the leg
called fascia lata generally recovery is about one week with some degree of
swelling which clears over the next few weeks ptosis surgery occasionally
requires revision for situations where the eyelid level may be too low or too
high when enhancement is appropriate I usually wait about three to six months
after the initial surgery to allow for the clear
of swelling the longevity of the benefits of surgery depends on the type
of surgery performed as well as the age and other factors which are individually
relevant if you’re considering ptosis surgery or you’re concerned about one or
both of your upper eyelids being lower than you feel they should be a proper
diagnosis is the first step this first step can involve seeing a neurologist
ophthalmologist or an oculoplastic surgery for the types of ptosis
discussed the healing process and functional recovery can range from days
to weeks with some exceptions I hope you found this information helpful thank you
for your question

What is Ptosis of the Eyelid?

Eyelid ptosis is a condition where the upper eyelid is in a lower position than it should be. Ptosis, when not associated with a neurologic condition, is usually caused by a defect of a muscle called the levator muscle which lifts the upper eyelid.

Types of Ptosis

There are 2 types of eyelid ptosis in this category: the first is congenital ptosis, which is ptosis you’re born with; the other is acquired ptosis, which is ptosis that occurs after you’re born.

In our practice, we see patients with ptosis every day. During evaluation, I’m always asked about the healing process. The healing process is very important for the outcome, as well as the ability for the patient to return to work or be seen during social events. I’ll discuss how I evaluate my patients and provide guidance about the healing process with different types of ptosis surgery I perform.

Who Performs Eyelid Ptosis Surgery?

Eyelid ptosis surgery is a specialty procedure, which is not performed by general plastic or cosmetic surgeons but rather mostly by oculoplastic or oculofacial plastic surgeons.

In fact, the presence of ptosis is often missed when cosmetic upper eyelid surgery is routinely performed for excess skin and fat. In these situations, the patients are distressed because they don’t look better after undergoing cosmetic eyelid surgery since their ptosis was not diagnosed or addressed.

droopy eyelid ptosis surgery before and after
female eyelid ptosis surgery before and after

The strategy for ptosis surgery is dependent on the diagnosis of the type of ptosis, the severity of the ptosis, and the relative strength or function of the levator muscle.

How to Heal Faster After Eyelid Surgery

To optimize both recovery and to maximize accuracy, I usually perform ptosis surgery with local anesthesia and LITE IV sedation. Using local anesthetic instead of general anesthesia makes recovery from surgery much faster. Patients who were put under general anesthesia often feel nausea and dizziness after surgery.

In addition, with general anesthesia, you’re recovering from the effects of general anesthesia as well as from the surgery itself. With local anesthesia and LITE sedation, our patients recover from anesthesia soon after surgery, and feel fine.

The aftercare process is important for optimizing recovery after surgery. Unless otherwise instructed, I have patients apply cold compresses to minimize swelling for the first 48 hours after surgery. Antibiotic ointment is applied to the sutures, and used only for the first two days to avoid allergic reactions, or contact dermatitis from prolonged use.

healing after ptosis surgery 1 week after

How Dr. Prasad Treats Mild Acquired Ptosis

A common form of ptosis we treat is acquired ptosis related to aging, wearing of contact lenses, eye rubbing, and allergies. Generally, this type of ptosis is mild with good levator muscle function. In this situation, I often perform ptosis surgery by shortening a muscle called Mueller’s muscle from the underside of the upper eyelid.

If there isn’t extra skin to remove in the front of the eyelid, then there is no visible sign of undergoing surgery. The recovery from this type of ptosis surgery is generally the quickest. For example, I performed this procedure for a doctor who went back to work in 2 days. I do advise my patients to take a few days off to allow for the healing process, and dissolving of internal sutures.

I often use this technique for people who’ve had cosmetic eyelid surgery done elsewhere and learn after examination that they also have ptosis. By performing the surgery from the inside of the eyelid, these patients feel better about having the surgery performed without having any new incisions and sutures on the outside.

Ptosis surgery for situations where the eyelid level is blocking the pupil or center of the eye but with good levator muscle function, is often approached by performing surgery directly on the levator muscle. At the same time, I often perform a cosmetic blepharoplasty to address excess skin and fat to get the best result. This approach is often used for age-related acquired ptosis, as well as congenital ptosis.

Healing After Mild Acquired Ptosis Surgery

The recovery is comparable to upper eyelid blepharoplasty, where sutures are removed in about 1 week after surgery and some swelling is present and diminishes over the next few weeks to months.

Ptosis Correction for More Severe Cases

A less common situation is when the levator muscle has poor to no function with the eyelid level blocking the pupil. In these situations, I perform a procedure called a frontalis sling. This is a surgery where a connection is made between the eyelid and the muscle, which lifts the eyebrows called the frontalis muscle. I place a material such as silicone, GoreTex or ePTFE as well as the patient’s own, or cadaver sourced tissue from the leg called the fascia lata.

Generally, recovery is about one week with some degree of swelling which clears over the next few weeks.

healing after ptosis repair surgery 1 week after
what is healing like after ptosis repair before and after 1 week

Ptosis surgery occasionally requires revision for situations where the eyelid level may be too low, or even too high. When enhancement is appropriate, I usually wait until about 3 to 6 months after the initial surgery to allow clearance of swelling.

The longevity of the benefits of surgery depend on the type of surgery performed as well as the age and other factors which are individually relevant.

If you’re considering ptosis surgery, or you’re concerned about one or both of your upper eyelids being lower than they should be, a proper diagnosis is the first step. This first step can involve seeing a neurologist, ophthalmologist, or an oculoplastic surgeon. For the types of ptosis discussed, the healing process and functional recovery can range from days to weeks with some exceptions.

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