Eyelid ptosis occurs when the levator muscle of the eyelid can no longer lift the eyelid or maintain it in its proper position. This commonly occurs with aging and often also occurs concomitantly with the accumulation of excess skin along the upper eyelids. The accumulation of excess skin along the upper eyelids is called dermatochalasis. It is not uncommon for the excess skin to accumulate along the upper eyelids and eventually obstruct the visual fields. Removal of the excess skin of the upper lids is called and upper blepharoplasty surgery. Often ptosis repair and upper blepharoplasty surgery can be done at the same time.
Not only can these two surgeries restore a youthful appearance to the face, they can also improve the patient’s visual field. These improvements can have a significant positive impact on a person’s quality of life as they now look and feel well rested.