Droopy Upper Eyelid Repair

Droopy Upper Eyelid Repair

  • As we age, the position of the upper eyelids gradually lower to the point of causing partial vision obstruction. This is caused by stretching of the thin muscle that holds the eyelids open.

Recommended Procedures

  • Droopy upper eyelid correction involves tightening the thin eyelid muscle layer with permanent sutures.
  • Upper Blepharoplasty and Brow Lift may also be needed to remove hanging eyelid skin.

Other Options

  • There are no good non-surgical options for this condition.

How It’s Done

  • Shortly after you drift off to sleep, Dr. Rad places an upper eyelid incision within the natural fold and fine permanent sutures are placed to tighten the weakened muscle.
  • You are then awoken from anesthesia so that you can open your eyes – this does not involve any pain. Opening and closing your eyes allows Dr. Rad to assess the repair.


  • In Dr. Rad’s hands, upper eyelid surgery is safe, comfortable and involves very low risk.
  • Dr. Rad performs this under ‘twilight’ anesthesia (without a breathing tube) delivered by a board certified anesthesiologist in an accredited surgery center.
Preparing for Treatment 

The following are needed prior to general anesthesia and surgery:

  • Medical clearance by your Primary Care Physician and other specialists as needed.
  • Ophthalmology clearance to ensure that there is no evidence of retinal disease or glaucoma. 

What to Expect

  • Surgery involves very little discomfort. Mild bruising and temporary swelling are normal and resolve quickly.
  • Return to work or going to social outings 5 to 7 days after surgery is common.

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This 61 year old woman had visual obstruction from severely droopy eyelids. Surgical correction involves elevating the eyelid position and, when combined with a blepharoplasty, restores a bright and rested appearance. Dr. Rad performed Droopy Upper Eyelid Repair and Upper Blepharoplasty.

    Photos are of patients who have given explicit written agreement to have them displayed. For patient privacy reasons, the majority of Dr. Rad's patients prefer their before/after photos to remain off-line. However, Dr. Rad will be happy to show you, in the setting of a confidential consultation, a series of before/after photos, not displayed here, to address your specific concerns.

    *SHERBER+RAD cannot guarantee specific results. Individual results may vary.

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