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What is eyelid ptosis repair?

Ptosis is drooping of the upper eyelid that partially covers the pupil, caused by stretching of the tissues that support the upper lids, or by weakened muscles. This condition can cause a tired, older appearance and interfere with vision. Eyelid ptosis repair is a facial plastic surgery procedure to correct drooping upper eyelids.

Am I a good candidate for this surgery?

You may be a candidate for eyelid ptosis repair if you have excess sagging of the upper eyelids. This procedure may be recommended for medical reasons if drooping lids are interfering with your vision, and for cosmetic reasons, to restore a more youthful and vibrant appearance to the eyes.

Why choose Dr. Ardesh for eyelid ptosis repair?

  • Dr. Ardesh has served as a professor in several departments of Loma Linda University, including the department of ophthalmology.
  • He is double board-certified as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and received his training at several highly acclaimed institutions.
  • Dr. Ardesh is a true expert in the field of facial plastic surgery who communicates clearly and honestly with his patients.
Eyelid Ptosis Repair

What is the recovery like after eyelid ptosis repair?

Pads will be placed on your eyes after surgery. If both eyes were treated, one pad is removed when you are ready to return home, and the other is removed the following day. You will be given drops and ointment to use and will return for a follow-up appointment in approximately one week.

Plan not to drive for a few days after surgery. In most cases, you can return to work in about one week after the procedure.

Eyelid Ptosis Repair FAQ


When can I resume wearing contact lenses after eyelid ptosis repair?

You may begin wearing contact lenses again when your eyes feel comfortable, and your eyelids are closing well. For most people, this occurs at approximately three to four weeks after surgery.


What causes ptosis?

There are several possible causes of eyelid ptosis. The most common cause is age-related stretching of the tendon that supports the eyelid. Other causes of ptosis include:

  • The long-term wearing of contact lenses (due to stretching of the tissues from repeated insertion and removal of the lenses)
  • Injury or previous eye surgery
  • A problem in the nerve supply to the muscle
  • An inherited trait or defect

What are the aims of ptosis repair?

This procedure is performed to correct vision problems by lifting the eyelid, restoring a more alert and youthful appearance to the eyes. Ideally, the eyelids should close fully and comfortably, sit at a normal level, have natural curves and contours, and match one another.


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