What Surgery is Suitable to Correct my Eye Lids? (photo)

i have been to the doctors and they have examined it and said i have a mild ptosis condition.it does not affect my eye sight.i just want to lift my eye lids and reduce the upper eye lid space.Will that happen by performing a ptosis surgery?i can open my eyes wide & i did it to see how i look when the surgery is done but there is still alot of my upper eye lid visible as you can see in pic number 2. i want my lids to look like pic no.3 when i open them. which surgery will help me achieve this? :)

Doctor Answers 6

Yes you have upper eyelid ptosis.

Hi Emily

I would say that you have more than mild ptosis.  The left side is more noticeable.  However both upper eyelids are ptotic and most likely you need both sides surgically corrected.  An oculoplastic surgeon can assess you to determine the best surgical approach.  There is a test call the neosynepherine test, where this drop is instilled into the eyes.  If you respond, then your surgeon will know that you are a candidate for a posterior approach conjunctival Mueller muscle resection, which is also known as a muellerectomy.  If you don't respond then an anterior approach levitator resection ptosis surgery might be appropriate.  These surgeries are commonly performed by oculoplastic surgeons.  You should look for someone who is fellowship trained.  The American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has a geographic directory that can help you find a highly qualified surgeon in your area (asoprs dot org).

Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Opening eyes

Yes, what you desire is upper lid ptosis surgery. That effectively lifts your upper eyelids and open yours eyes more. See an oculoplastic surgeon.

Dr Taban

Mehryar (Ray) Taban, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Eyelid ptosis repair will decrease upper eyelid space

Dear Emily: The distance between your eyelids and brow will decrease when surgery is done to raise the upper eyelids [ptosis repair]. However, I do not believe that it will achieve what your are looking for in the illustration you have provided [pic. no.3]. The amount of space visibe between the eyelids and the brow is also determined by the underlying bony anatomy. In patients with smaller orbits [eye sockets] the distance between the brow and eyelid margin is less, which is the situation in the illustration 3.   Ptosis surgery will get you closer to that scenario, but I doubt it will get you all the way there.




A.J. Amadi, MD
Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Eyelid Ptosis Surgery

If you have been diagnosed as having mild eyelid ptosis, there are surgical procedures to correct it. typically, a connective tissue structure under the eyelid skin and muscle is tightened to allow for better eyelid opening. It would be best to discuss specifics with your surgeon.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Blepharoptosis - drooping upper eyelids

Yes you do have ptosis of both upper eyelids and ptosis surgery on the upper eyelids can help significantly. However, the bone sockets that your eyeballs sit in are very asymmetric with the right much larger than the left. No amount of eyelid surgery can change that and you will always have some asymmetry.

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Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Suitable surgery for your eyelids

Yes, you have bilateral, asymmetric eyelid ptosis.  Yes, it can be corrected.  Yes, you will look better if it is AND you probably will also appreciate the benefits of an expanded visual field.  But unfortunately, no, you probably cannot look like picture #3, not even with surgery by an excellent oculofacial plastic surgeon.  But I can't look like Tom Cruise either.  I say have the ptosis repair, then consider fat or fillers to get you closer to #3.  Good luck.

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
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