Ptosis (Droopy Eyelid) Houston

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Ptosis is a medical term used to describe a droopy eyelid. This lowering of the eyelid is more than just having an excess of eyelid skin drooping downwards. Ptosis can not only result in a reduction in the field of vision with the eyelid partially or completely covering the pupil of the eye. It can also change a person’s appearance by making them appear sleepy, tired and aged. The amount of droopiness or ptosis can also differ between the two eyes making them appear asymmetric.

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Ptosis is a result of weakening of a muscle in the eyelid that is responsible for elevation, known as the levator. While some are born with this condition, most people develop this with increasing age. Together with extra eyelid skin, a ptotic or droopy eyelid can result in an aged look and can also change a person’s vitality and appearance.

Cosmetic And Functional Improvement

Ptosis repair procedures can be performed in the upper eyelids for both cosmetic and functional improvement.

Although this procedure has been in existence for a long time, it has been tremendously refined and its true potential towards achieving aesthetic harmony is well appreciated and harnessed in today’s enlightened age. That is why it is imperative that you seek an oculoplastic surgeon, trained in all the subtle nuances of this procedure and its countless outcomes, to perform this cosmetic procedure on your eyes to ensure you achieve the best results.

More Youthful & Invigorated Appearance

The goal in a cosmetic ptosis repair is to reveal a more invigorated, youthful and refreshed appearance. Dr. Sami‘s vast experience with cosmetic surgery and her attention to details ensures her patients obtain excellent results and outstanding care.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to learn more about these surgeries listed in the Cosmetic Procedures section.

Ptosis - Before


Ptosis Blepharoplasty - After


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If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sami, please do not hesitate to contact us at 713-668-1264 so we can help enhance your life.

Ideal Candidates for Ptosis Repair

Patients suffering from ptosis and are in good general health are ideal candidates for ptosis repair. Patients who are non-smokers and have no post-surgery healing issues are excellent candidates for this procedure. Candidates should have a positive outlook and realistic goals.

Patients suffering from moderate to severe eye dryness may not be recommended for ptosis repair, since the surgery can worsen the symptom.

Preparation for Ptosis Repair

Ptosis repair preparation instructions vary depending on the specifics of each patient’s case. However, there are general instructions that most patients will need to follow to prepare for the surgery.

Preparatory instructions for ptosis repair may include the following:

  • Avoid taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements at least two weeks before surgery.
  • Stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Avoid sun damage and use at least SPF 30 sun protection.
  • Stop taking blood thinners for at least 10 days prior to surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to take you home after surgery and assist you during recovery.
  • Avoid eating and drinking the night before the surgery.
  • Bring sunglasses or protective hat during surgery.
  • Do not wear contact lenses, mascara, makeup, earrings, or necklaces.
  • Wear comfortable clothing the day of procedure.

The procedure

Ptosis repair, just like any eyelid procedure, begins with a thorough knowledge of periorbital structures together with a unique and customized approach to each individual patient. Remember, no two eyes are the same, let alone any two faces. In addition, every person has some degree of asymmetry between the two halves of the face.

Upper Lid Blepharoplasty - BeforeBefore
Upper Lid Blepharoplasty - AfterAfter

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Dr. Sami carefully customizes her operative plan for each patient, taking into account their unique features such as eyebrow position, facial symmetry, shape of the eye, position of fat pads, skin quality, muscle tone, dry eye problems and position of eyeball in relation to the facial bones. Based on her preoperative assessment and the needs and expectations of each patient, she ensures her surgical plan is carried out with compassionate care to yield fantastic results.

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation in an outpatient setting. The procedure can be performed at the same time as other eyelid or orbital procedures, such as blepharoplasty, browlift or eyelid malposition correction.

At Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on our compassionate patient care, our sensitivity and understanding of each patient’s needs and expectations, and our drive for excellence. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones feel welcome, comfortable, and 100% satisfied with your experience.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sami, please do not hesitate to contact us at 713-668-1264 so we can help enhance your life.

I look better and feel better

“I had droopy eyelids. My right eye would shut automatically whenever I would lay down in bed. It was impossible to read in bed. Dr. Sami did the surgery and the problem was solved. It was an eye-opening experience. I did not realize how much of my peripheral vision I had lost. Also, when I smiled for a photo, my eye would close and you could hardly see it.”

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Recovery Period

The patient can go home on the same day of the surgery. Dr. Sami will provide instructions and prescriptions to help the patient’s recovery process.

The patient’s vision may be blurry during the first 24 hours. Minor symptoms such as swelling, bruising, pain, and discomfort may be experienced for seven to ten days. Cold compresses can aid in swelling reduction.

The patient can see the initial results after two weeks. It will take between one and three months for full results to show. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to assess the recovery process and results.

How Much Does Ptosis (Droopy Eyelid) Cost?

The overall cost of an Ptosis (Droopy Eyelid) is affected by anesthesia fees, hospital fees, post-surgery garments, and medications. Price is also impacted by medical tests, surgeon’s fees, and the exact techniques employed.

Schedule a Consultation

If you want to find out if Ptosis (Droopy Eyelid) is the right cosmetic procedure for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Sami at the Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas today. Call us at 713-668-1264 so we can help enhance your life!

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