Blepharoplasty and ptosis repair are both surgeries designed to improve the upper eyelids, but the similarities between the two procedures generally end there. The chief difference between upper eyelid surgery and ptosis repair is that blepharoplasty addresses cosmetic concerns, while the latter procedure treats a medical issue. Ptosis is a condition in which the levator muscles — which allow you to lift your upper lids — stretch or weaken, making it difficult to fully open your eyes. In severe cases, this can restrict the scope of your vision. Some patients find they need to raise their eyebrows or tilt their chins to properly see, causing symptoms like eye strain and headaches.
While ptosis is often genetic, the condition frequently develops as a natural part of aging. If you have trouble fully opening your eyes, ptosis repair may be necessary to tighten the levator muscles and help you regain full function. Eyelid surgery, on the other hand, is designed to treat issues that are more cosmetic in nature. Drooping, excess skin and puffiness in the upper or lower lids are common concerns that can make you look older than you feel. “Hooding,” in which loose skin above the eyes sags on or below the lash line, can further exacerbate an aged look. Unlike ptosis repair, upper blepharoplasty is performed to smooth the eyelid contours and achieve a brighter appearance rather than repair muscle function.
Dr. David Bottger can recommend the best treatment option for you based on a discussion of what you hope to achieve. Our Philadelphia practice offers the full spectrum of procedures designed to help you look more refreshed and youthful, so please contact our office to schedule your consultation.