What Is the Difference Between Ptosis Repair and Blepharoplasty? - Metro Eye Care

What Is the Difference Between Ptosis Repair and Blepharoplasty?

Are you experiencing droopy or saggy eyelids? Do you feel like you look tired when you have tons of energy?

When it comes to addressing drooping in eyelids, two common procedures that are often considered are ptosis repair and blepharoplasty. Both procedures can help improve the appearance and function of the eyelids, but they target different underlying problems. 

Keep reading to learn the difference between ptosis repair and blepharoplasty, their purposes, and how to know which procedure may be best for you!

What is Ptosis?

Ptosis is drooping of the upper eyelid, causing it to hang lower than its natural position. This condition can occur due to various factors, including age, nerve damage, or muscle weakness. 

Ptosis can not only affect your appearance but can also impair vision if the drooping eyelid obstructs the line of sight.

What is Ptosis Repair?

Ptosis repair is a surgical procedure that aims to correct drooping eyelids by addressing the underlying issue. During ptosis repair, the levator muscle, which is responsible for lifting the eyelid, may be tightened or repositioned.

The goal is to restore a more youthful and symmetrical appearance to the eyes while also improving vision if it has been affected by ptosis. The surgical technique and approach can vary based on the severity of the ptosis and your individual needs.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, is another procedure designed to enhance the appearance of droopy eyelids. However, blepharoplasty does not involve any adjustment to the levator muscle.

Instead, during blepharoplasty, excess skin, fat, and muscle are removed to help improve the droopiness. This procedure is often performed for cosmetic reasons and may be recommended for those who are bothered by puffiness, sagging skin, and under-eye bags. 

While blepharoplasty can provide a more refreshed and rejuvenated look to the eyes, it primarily focuses on aesthetic improvements rather than functional concerns like ptosis.

How Do I Know if I Need Blepharoplasty or Ptosis Repair?

Determining whether you need blepharoplasty or ptosis repair depends on your specific concerns and the underlying issues affecting your eyelids. A consultation with your oculoplastic surgeon at Metro Eye Care can help determine the extent of the drooping and the best approach for correction.

If you have a noticeable drooping of the upper eyelid that obstructs your vision or creates an asymmetrical appearance, ptosis repair might be appropriate. On the other hand, if you are primarily concerned with the appearance of your eyelids, such as excess skin, fat deposits, or wrinkles, blepharoplasty could be the right choice.

In some cases, a combination of both procedures might be recommended to achieve both functional and cosmetic enhancements. It’s crucial to have a thorough consultation with your oculoplastic surgeon who can evaluate your unique situation and provide personalized recommendations based on your goals and medical history.

Are you experiencing eyelid drooping? Schedule a consultation at Metro Eye Care in Paramus, NJ, today to determine whether eyelid surgery may be right for you!

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