Lift Your Confidence, Lift Your Eyelids!
At Linder MD, we focus on lifting not just your eyelids but also your spirits. Ptosis, or drooping eyelids, can affect both your appearance and vision. Discover how our experienced team can help you regain the alert, youthful gaze you desire while addressing any functional concerns. Let’s lift the veil on ptosis and embark on a path to brighter, more vibrant eyes and a confident you with Eyelids by Linder.
Ready to take the first step toward brighter, rejuvenated eyes? We invite our Memphis, TN, area clients to book a consultation now and let us help you lift the weight off your eyelids!
What it is
Ptosis, also known as a droop in one or both eyelids, is a common condition that can be easily addressed. When someone experiences ptosis, the upper eyelid descends to a position lower than normal. Depending on the severity of the ptosis, the upper eyelid may even cover a portion or the entire pupil. This not only affects the appearance but can also significantly impact vision and lead to various issues, extending beyond cosmetic concerns.
How it works
When it comes to treating ptosis, the approach may vary depending on the underlying cause. For congenital ptosis, it is generally recommended to undergo surgery at an early age to prevent potential vision issues in the future. Most children with congenital ptosis undergo eye surgery around the age of five.
In the case of age-related ptosis, Dr. Linder can perform a straightforward plastic surgery procedure to elevate the affected eyelid(s). This outpatient surgery typically requires local or IV anesthesia and offers a quick recovery time.
Eyelid surgery for ptosis tends to yield positive results with a relatively short recovery period. The droopiness can be corrected efficiently, usually resulting in minimal scarring. Following the surgery, a simple post-operative lubricant regimen may be recommended to prevent dryness.
If ptosis is associated with other underlying conditions, Dr. Linder will collaborate with you and your medical team to determine the most appropriate next steps for addressing both the eyelid droopiness and the related conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do my eyes look “droopy”?
If your eyelids are droopy, you may have trouble seeing while reading, driving, or watching TV. Sometimes, droopy eyelids can even make you appear older or more tired than you really are. Ptosis is a common cause of drooping eyelids.
Ptosis drooping is due to weakness in the muscle that is responsible for lifting the upper eyelid. Ptosis can occur in children and adults. Children with ptosis are generally born with the condition due to the muscle not developing properly prior to birth. Adults with ptosis generally acquire the condition when the muscle becomes overstretched over time. Adult ptosis is generally due to aging, excessive eye rubbing, long-term use of contact lenses or excessive, heavy skin putting weight on the muscle. Ptosis drooping is corrected by an eyelid surgery called ptosis repair.
Why choose eyelid surgery over other treatments?
Eyelid surgery can quickly and easily correct drooping eyelids and other surrounding facial issues, including under-eye bags and heavy, tired-looking eyes. In most cases, these issues cannot be corrected long-term with injectables, topicals, or other treatments. The best option for lasting correction is surgery.
What can I expect during the recovery period and healing process?
Recovery periods for eyelid surgeries can vary depending on the extent of the procedure. However, most patients are back to their normal activities within one week.
Side effects can vary from patient to patient. Most patients experience mild to moderate swelling for three to four days following their procedure and may be bruised for up to two weeks. Redness and bruising at the incision site are also common, as is short term blurred vision, watery eyes, light sensitivity or dryness. Patients can use cold compresses and keep their head elevated after surgery to help alleviate some of the bruising and swelling. Dr. Linder provides additional post-op instructions prior to surgery.
Sutures are removed one week after your surgery and Dr. Linder usually likes to see you again one month after surgery. Additional visits may be scheduled as needed.
How long does the surgery take?
Eyelid surgery takes between one and two hours depending on whether the procedure is just your upper eyelids or both upper and lower eyelids. Generally, two eyelids, either both uppers or both lowers, will take one hour to complete and all four eyelids will take two hours. The majority of eyelid surgeries are outpatient procedures, so patients can leave within one to two hours of completion.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
Regardless of the procedure, Dr. Linder and the surgical facility will only release patients to a friend, relative, or other designated driver. This person is required to drive you to surgery, wait for you in the waiting room, and then drive you home. Even if you feel well enough to drive, taking precautions is important, especially during the first few days after your surgery.
Will insurance cover my eyelid surgery?
Insurance will cover your surgery only if there is significant visual obstruction due to eyelid drooping. If your eyelid drooping is to a degree where insurance may cover the procedure, we will do the appropriate tests to prove medical necessity and submit the information to your insurance company and try to get the procedure approved for you. If your eyelids are not drooping to the point where they affect your vision, your surgery will be considered a cosmetic procedure and Dr. Linder will discuss self-pay pricing with you. Lower eyelid sagging and fat pouches are never covered by insurance and will be performed as a cosmetic procedure.
Although we don't offer payment plans for our services, we do accept credit card, or Care Credit for payment. You can apply for a healthcare credit card at www.carecredit.com. You will pay us with your Care Credit card prior to your service and then pay your Care Credit bill monthly as you like.