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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.