Eyelids that appear droopy as a result of “redundant” eyelid tissue (skin, muscle, and/or fat) may benefit from removal of this “extra” eyelid tissue. This surgical procedure is called a blepharoplasty. Motivation for blepharoplasty surgery may be either functional (to improve visual field) or cosmetic (to improve upper facial appearance). Blepharoplasty surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is almost always considered a cosmetic procedure. Blepharoplasty surgery may be combined with upper eyelid ptosis repair and/or eyebrow and forehead lifting.
Ptosis (pronounced “toe-sis”) refers to an actual drooping of the upper eyelid margin near or covering the pupil. Ptosis surgery is performed to tighten the internal muscles of the eyelid and elevate the eyelid to a more normal position. Ptosis surgery may be combined with blepharoplasty surgery and/or brow and forehead lifting.
Eyebrow droop or brow ptosis may occur as a result of aging or familial facial characteristics. Droopy eyebrows often contribute to upper eyelid fullness or skin redundancy. It is important to recognize eyebrow ptosis when considering surgery to correct droopy eyelids.