There is a lot of confusion around the difference between a blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, and ptosis repair. Both procedures deal with the delicate tissue around the eyelids; however, it is important to understand the difference these two treatments offer in order to select the one that best fits your needs. Board-certified oculoplastic and facial surgeon Dr. Malena M. Amato offers both blepharoplasty and ptosis repair at her office in Austin, TX. She has mastered the technique of removing excess skin and tissue that forms around the eyelids as we age and tightens the tissues to create a softer, more youthful appearance.
What Is Ptosis Repair?
Eyelid ptosis is a medical condition that occurs when the levator muscles weaken and fail to lift the upper eyelids properly. Many factors can contribute to eyelid ptosis, including congenital, hereditary, and certain muscular-neurological disorders. The most common cause of upper eyelid ptosis is age-related due to the separation of the levator muscles. In some severe cases, ptosis can cause the eyelid to sag so much that it interferes with a patient’s vision. Some patients with severe cases of eyelid ptosis have to lift their eyelids or eyebrows in order to see correctly. In addition to impaired vision, ptosis can also cause eyestrain and headaches.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Over time, the body begins to produce less and less collagen and elastin, two proteins responsible for keeping the skin tight and firm. Without these two proteins, the skin around the eyes begins to loosen and droop, creating a tired and aged appearance. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that corrects loose, sagging skin and excess tissue on the upper or lower eyelids lids. During the operation, an incision on the natural crease of the eyelid is created. Excess skin and tissue are carefully removed, and the remaining skin and tissue are tightened and lifted into a more youthful position.
If you are concerned about the appearance of drooping eyelid skin and want to restore a refreshed and energetic eye appearance, you may be a good candidate for upper blepharoplasty. Dr. Amato specializes in eyelid surgery for her Austin patients.
Ptosis Repair vs. Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery: The Main Differences
Unlike blepharoplasty, which is considered a cosmetic procedure, ptosis repair is primarily functional. Ptosis repair tightens or shortens the eyelid muscle so that it can once again lift and open the eyelid adequately. The details of the procedure depend on the cause and severity of the ptosis. Blepharoplasty removes excess skin to help enhance the appearance of the eyes, but it doesn’t do as much for the functionality of the eyes.
Do You Need Ptosis Repair or Blepharoplasty Surgery? Learn More During Your Consultation with Dr. Amato
Some patients even benefit from combining cosmetic blepharoplasty and ptosis repair in order to rejuvenate their appearance and restore normal vision simultaneously. Only a board-certified oculoplastic or facial surgeon can perform one or both of these difficult procedures. With an impressive 20-year medical career, Dr. Amato has become a leader in the delicate and meticulous nature of facial rejuvenation. To schedule your appointment, please contact Malena M. Amato, M.D. by calling (512) 501-1010 today.