WHAT IS PTOSIS?
Ptosis is a condition that occurs when one or both upper eyelids droop and the edge of the upper eyelid falls towards or over the pupil. Ptosis is usually caused by stretching or thinning of the tendon between the muscle that raises the eyelid and the eyelid itself. With stretching or thinning, the muscle that normally raises the eyelid has to work harder to lift it. This leads to symptoms of eyelid and forehead muscle fatigue, and eyelid heaviness. Children can also be born with congenital ptosis where the muscle is abnormally stiff and does not function well. This condition usually lasts until it is surgically corrected.
HOW IS PTOSIS CORRECTED?
To correct ptosis, the surgeon needs to make an incision or cut the skin of the upper eyelid in order to reach the muscles and tendons.
As we age, the most noticeable changes are seen on the face. The bony structure of the face changes and we lose volume. This often results in sagging of the skin and wrinkle formation. Years of sun exposure and damage also add to the problem of ageing. Thankfully there are treatments available that can help to improve and rejuvenate the face either through simple non-invasive methods which have minimal discomfort or side effects, or with surgery to improve our appearance. Most of the procedures can be performed on the same day of the consultation. These procedures often have minimal downtime and most patients can resume their usual activities soon after. At our clinic, a wide range of these treatments performed by our specialist Dr Elaine Chee are available.