Blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is most commonly performed in Dr. Levin's Westport, Connecticut office with local injections of anesthesia.
Upper Blepharoplasty VS. Ptosis
Many people complain of droopy or heavy upper eyelids when there is excess eyelid skin. A true eyelid droop, called ptosis (pronounced ‘to-sis’), is when the upper eyelid descends below its original or normal position and covers the iris (colored part of the eye) or the pupil. In many patients, there is no ptosis but rather excess upper eyelid skin that is sagging and obscuring the platform above the eyelashes (limiting the use of eyeshadow or eyeliner). There may also be a component of droopy eyebrows, which further pushes the eyelid skin down.
This results in an overall tired and aged appearance, compelling many to consider eyelid surgery. To select the best procedure for a specific patient, the surgeon must assess whether there is an element of true ptosis and the position of the eyebrows. In addition, patients with severe dry eyes may be poor candidates for eyelid surgery, as this condition can be made worse when the eyelid is lifted. That is why it is so important to see a plastic surgeon with eyelid expertise to make the correct diagnosis and recommend the best procedure.