Eyelid Ptosis (droopy eyelid) correction

Eyelid Ptosis (droopy eyelid) correction

This is a much less common condition than excess eyelid skin. Looking straight ahead the margins of your upper eyelids should lie halfway between the top of the pupil and the top of the iris. If the lid margin is lower and beginning to encroach on the pupil itself – you may find yourself raising your eyebrows to get your eyelid to uncover the pupil properly – the problem is not loose skin but a stretched eyelid-opening muscle.

Eyelid Ptosis (droopy eyelid) correction

Improves vision if the eyelid is preventing full opening of the eye

In adult life droopy eyelids can be the first manifestation of a general muscle weakness (e.g. myasthenia gravis) but the common, surgically correctible, cause of droopy upper lids is a gradual loosening of the attachment of the eyelid-opening muscle in late middle age and beyond.

Best done under local anesthetic

The operation is best done under local anaesthetic and involves tightening the eyelid opening muscle – by just the right amount. This is done via an incision in the upper eyelid skin fold. Sometimes an adjustment will be necessary – done within a few days of the primary operation.

Post-Operative Care

Risks

Scarring:
Since the nipple always has to be re-sited higher up, all breast reductions methods result in a scar right around the areola and a scar vertically down from there to the inframammary fold (groove beneath the breast). Usually there is also a curved transverse scar running the length of the inframammary fold. There are “vertical scar” techniques which seek to avoid this transverse scar and this is sometimes appropriate.

Loss of nipple sensation is not uncommon. Numbness of some skin beneath the nipple is usual.
You may not be able to breastfeed should you have a pregnancy after breast reduction.
The nipple has to move up and retain its blood supply. it is possible for this blood supply to be inadequate and to lose part or all of a nipple but this is an exceedingly rare complication.
Symmetry should be very good but may not be perfect.

Location

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First Floor, Avenue Health,
202 Bealey Avenue,
Christchurch.

Plenty of car parking on site.

Coming from
out of town?

Ideally a consultation should be face to face but is certainly possible to arrange a telephone consultation. If you can email the photos first so much the better. If it is clear what procedure is required then the in-person consultation can be the day before or the morning of the surgery.