Droopy eyelids can be caused by a medical condition known as Ptosis. Ptosis occurs when the upper eye lid or eye brow drops and decreases peripheral vision. Cosmetic or medical necessary surgical procedures can be used to resolve Ptosis. When impairing vision, ptosis can be corrected as a medical claim through various surgical techniques. Dr. Dennis Reiter is a fellowship trained Oculoplastic Surgeon with a deep history of Ptosis repair techniques.
In most circumstances, ptosis is caused by a weak levator muscle, and is repaired by cutting the muscle and shortening the muscle to lift the upper eyelid. When Ptosis is corrected for vision impairment, the goal is not for an aesthetic outcome, rather a functional outcome, allowing patients to carry out daily activities.
BLEPHAROPLASTY (UPPER EYELID SURGERY)
Ptosis can also be caused by the excess of unwanted skin or fat weighing down the lid margin. Not typically covered by insurance, blepharoplasty repair involves the surgical removal of the unwanted skin or fat. Blepharoplasty and Lower Eyelid Surgery can help a patient achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated facial appearance.
In some cases, a lower lid blepharoplasty may be covered by major medical insurance. If the skin beneath your eyelids is bulky and prevents the use of glasses, or causes other eye problems such as ectropion, a lower lid blepharoplasty may be warranted.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
If you are unhappy with the signs of aging around the orbital area, a cosmetic blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) may be an option. Dr. Dennis Reiter is recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and can provide you with options available for cosmetic eyelid surgery.