Ptosis refers to a droopy of upper eyelids of one (unilateral ptosis) or both eyes (bilateral ptosis), causing the eyelids to partly cover the pupil. Patients with ptosis usually have a tired, sleepy, lazy appearance and even have poor vision in some cases. Fortunately, a ptosis correction surgery can provide a more youthful, vibrant appearance as well as improve your sight. The most popular country that people would choose to have ptosis correction surgery is South Korea because Korean plastic surgeons are very experienced in restructuring eyelid muscles to correct ptosis. This is because Korea has, according to some estimates, the highest rate of double eyelid surgery in the world when measured in proportion to its population. This means that the average Korean facial plastic surgeon understands the anatomy of the eyelids and how to alter it better than his counterparts in most other parts of the world.
What are the causes of ptosis (droopy upper eyelids)?
– Involutional: Ptosis is caused by the gradual stretching of the tissue which supports the upper lid. In addition, long-term rigid contact lens wear may weaken the tissue of the upper lid and cause ptosis.
– Muscular: In some people, ptosis is caused by a weak levator muscle (this muscle is meant to raise the upper eyelids). Muscular ptosis can occur in early childhood or adulthood.
Who are the best candidates for ptosis correction surgery?
– People who have sleepy-looking eyes or a tired appearance
– People who have asymmetric eyelids (droopiness, sunken look, crease height)
– People who have weak eye muscles
– People who have to flex their forehead muscles to open their eyes
How is the ptosis correction procedure performed?
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and sedation. The patient will be wide awake during surgery to be able to open and close the eyes to symmetrically compare the thickness of double eyelids on both eyes, following the surgeon’s instructions. The operation normally takes 30 – 60 minutes.
At first, the surgeon will make an incision on the upper eyelids (along the eyelid crease). The excess fat that is exposed through the incision will then be removed. The eye opening muscle is tightened at the same time. After that, various tissues are manipulated to create a natural crease and vivid eye appearance. Once the procedure is done, the incision will be sutured with threads.
Ptosis correction surgery is sometimes performed twice to create perfect symmetry between the eyes. The second correction can be performed 2 – 3 days after the initial surgery, if needed.
How long does it take to recover from ptosis surgery?
After surgery, the eyelids will be swollen and your vision will be blurry. It is important to elevate your head and use cold compresses as much as possible after surgery to reduce the swelling. The good news is that although it takes a longer time to look natural, eventually, your eyes will look natural within a year.
It is highly recommended to use lubricating ointment or drops (depends on surgeon’s instructions) to prevent dryness for a few weeks after surgery.
The patient will have to see the surgeon one week after surgery to ensure that the eyes are adequately lubricated. Regular checkups are needed until you can close your eyelids normally.
How much does ptosis correction surgery cost?
The cost depends on many factors, but the patient is expected to pay anywhere between USD 3000 – 5000.