Ptosis is the medical term for droopy, saggy eyelids. Baggy eyelids can falsely portray an aged or tired appearance and sometimes can affect vision. There are several causes including congenital defects, muscle or nerve disorders, injury, and age. Ptosis repair normally requires surgery, which can usually be done in one procedure in an outpatient setting. The results vary according to the causes, severity of the condition, and many other factors. Only a qualified physician will be able to determine the proper treatment and possible outcome.
As oculoplastic surgeons, the TOC physicians specialize in repairing and improving eyelids. They perform most procedures in TOC’s ambulatory surgical center, CAREOS, which is solely dedicated to laser and eyelid reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. CAREOS also houses the CO2 laser, which is used for some eyelid surgeries. Developed within this decade, the CO2 laser provides the physician extremely precise control and generally causes less bleeding and bruising than with conventional means. For most patients, the recovery time is brief and bruising is minimal. Although sometimes preferred, laser surgery is not always appropriate. The TOC physician evaluates each case to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment method. The photos on the left show what may be achieved with ptosis correction.
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