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The Eye Lift – Bigger Brighter Eyes

Few are born with it, many develop it over time.  Droopy eyelids, or ptosis, is a condition where your upper eyelid muscles are weak and cannot open the eyes fully. When it comes to eyelids, the upper is without a doubt more hardworking than the lower. They work all day lifting the upper eyelids to allow vision and closing them to protect the eyeball and distributing your tears to keep your eyes moist.

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What Is An Eye Lift

Ptosis correction, aka eye lift, is a surgery aimed at correcting the droopiness of the upper eyelids. An eye lift usually involves shortening a stretched-out or repairing torn upper eyelid muscles (levator palpebrae superioris). In severe cases of ptosis, the upper eyelid may need to be hitched up to the forehead muscle using a fascia from your thigh (frontalis sling procedure).

eye lift A young lady with left-sided ptosis that was corrected with an eye lift or ptosis correction surgery
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Why Do An Eyelift

Ptosis sufferers encounter a number of health issues. These include: obstructing vision, neckaches from tilting the head in order to see better, tiredness and headaches. This makes ptosis correction a surgery covered by national healthcare schemes and insurance.

ptosis upper bepharoplasty An elderly lady with ptosis and hooding that blocks her vision. She uses her forehead muscles to help open her eyes and suffers from frontal headaches and forehead lines.

Often an eye lift may also be done for cosmetic reasons because ptosis can make you look tired, old or disinterested. The constant action of your forehead muscles fighting to keep you eyes open is the reason why people with ptosis often have forehead wrinkles or furrows.

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What Happens During An Eyelift?

Ptosis surgery is usually done under local anaesthesia. Light sedation helps with your comfort during the ptosis correction surgery. The incision for the surgery is placed on the upper eyelid crease and the muscle is shortened (levator plication) or repaired (levator advancement). The procedure takes around 2 hours. Swelling and bruising may last a week or two. In the beginning, the result may appear less natural due to puffiness but this continues to improve over time. At around 3 months, you will see the final result.

Other improvements a plastic surgeon can perform during an eye lift include correct eyelid hooding by removing excess eyelid skin and fat, create double eyelids and widen the eyes (epicanthoplasty).

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