in San Antonio, TX
Your eyelids protect your eyes and help you express emotion. If one or both eyelids start to droop, it can make you appear older and exhausted — or fully obstruct your vision. Many people’s eyelids sag over the years, but just because it’s normal doesn’t mean it’s incurable.
At Parkhurst NuVision, we’re proud to house a talented oculoplastic surgeon, leading-edge medical technologies, and one of the most dedicated teams in all of Texas, let alone San Antonio. They’ll make sure your ptosis repair surgery is effective and provides natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results!
What is Ptosis?
Ptosis, which is pronounced “toe-sis,” is a condition where the upper eyelid droops over the eye, generally because of some flaw in the levator muscle responsible for controlling the eyelid. There are three common causes of ptosis:
- Aging: Over the years, the muscle stretches and loses its full function.
- Injury: The muscle is damaged from an accident or other serious injury.
- Congenital: Some people are born with ptosis, and the levator muscle develops improperly from the start.
The drooping “lazy eyelid” caused by ptosis can muddle your facial expressions, make you look tired and aged, and distract others from your natural beauty. In more severe cases where the eyelid sags over the pupil, ptosis can even obstruct your eyesight, which can lead to other vision issues like amblyopia — “lazy eye,” in which the brain ignores vision from the eye with ptosis.
How Does Ptosis Surgery Work?
The central issue behind ptosis is a dysfunction of the levator muscle. During ptosis repair, a small incision is made in a non-visible part of the eyelid — either in the upper crease of the lid, or inside the eyelid — and the levator muscle is tightened, restoring the eyelid to a more natural position. In severe cases, the levator muscle may be reattached, or your surgeon may attach the eyelid to other muscles, such as in the forehead, to help achieve natural-looking lift.
This is a straightforward outpatient procedure that can even be performed alongside other eyelid procedures. Results look entirely natural, but if for any reason you or your eye surgeon are unhappy with the outcomes, it’s a simple surgery to correct: the levator is just readjusted!
What Can Ptosis Repair Do for You?
For many people, a sagging eyelid is an unsightly thing. Having one or both eyelids droop can make you look weary, bored, annoyed, or disoriented when you’re not, and distract from the expression you’re trying to make — or simply from how good you really look. In extreme cases, the eyelid can sag in front of the pupil, which blocks eyesight and puts you at risk for other vision conditions. At that point, it’s not just aesthetically displeasing, it’s a threat to your clear sight.
Thankfully, ptosis surgery is equal parts functional and cosmetic: it can restore a more youthful, refreshed, and lively appearance, bringing your facial expressions back to life. And it can clear up your vision in a single outpatient visit for a stress-free solution!
Why Trust Parkhurst NuVision
For Your Ptosis Surgery
At Parkhurst NuVision, our patients are also our guests, and we take everything into consideration to make sure you’re treated as such. Our team respects your time by guiding you through the ptosis repair process from initial consultation to final follow-up, and they take their time answering your questions and ensuring your comfort at every step. Tens of thousands of guests have improved their vision with us, and with a personalized ptosis surgery, we can make you look younger and see clearer soon!
Our Ptosis Surgeon:
Brett W. Davies, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Brett W. Davies is our board-certified, fellowship-trained oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon who has received recognition for his research, teaching, and work in the field of ophthalmology and eye surgery. For many years, Dr. Davies has provided tailored ptosis repair and other eyelid surgeries to patients in San Antonio, TX, and is happy to help anyone unhappy with their eyes.
Dr. Gregory Parkhurst has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.