Can exercise help eyelid ptosis ?
This is a good question. Ptosis usually results from the levator muscle loosening or stretching. Rarely it is from underlying weak muscle. Neither case is going to improve with any muscle exercising. The only real treatment is tightening the muscle to make it "stronger". See an oculoplastic surgeon.
In ptosis, the tendon which is attached to the muscle gets stretched and the lid will droop. There are no exercises you can do to strenghen the muslce. The only option is surgical repair.
Your thinking is logical but not correct.
Exercising the upper eyelid will not cure or correct your ptosis. Acquired upper eyelid ptosis is often the cause of an issue with the tendon and not the muscle itself. Opening and closing the eyelid is actually just as likely to further weaken the upper eyelid. Surgery shortens the tendon to repair the ptosis.
Is eyelid ptosis a weak muscle problem and can that muscle be strengthened with exercise?
There are a variety of causes of an eyelid droop. However, the only durable repair option is surgical. There are drops that can be used to raise the lid but these are used only in cases of a temporary eyelid droop (Botox related) or for in office assessment prior to surgery. I hope this information is helpful for you.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
It's a mechanical problem
Eyelid ptosis is usually a mechanical problem due to a weakness or detachment of the muscles that raise your eyelid. It can also be secondary to medical problems
Will exercise help eyelid ptosis
in ptosis, the majority of the time the muscle has detached from the insertion on the eyelid cartilage, what is called the tarsal plate,leaving a gap between where the muscle is and where it should be. Strengthening the muscle unfortunately will not bring the muscle any closer to the cartilage and will not fix the ptosis.
Causes of Ptosis (Droopy Eyelid)
There are multiple causes of ptosis: congenital; acquired; neurogenic (nerve related)' aponeurotic (tendon related); myogenic (muscle weakness); and traumatic. There are no known exercises to strengthen the muscle. When it becomes visually bothersome or aesthetically displeasing then it is time for a surgical evaluation. I hope this helps.