What is ptosis?
Ptosis is defined as a droopy upper eyelid. It’s a very common condition among Asian individuals, and can be present at birth or acquired later in life due to muscle laxity or certain medical conditions that affect the eyelids and eye muscles.
There are three muscles that are responsible for elevating the upper eyelid: The levator palpebrae superioris, the superior tarsal muscle and the frontalis muscle in the forehead. However, because the frontalis muscle plays a very minor role, the main structures involved are the levator and the superior tarsal. If the levator muscle stretches, loosens or has limited movement (as is common among Asian patients), the eyelids may droop. If the superior tarsal muscle is damaged in some way due to nerve injury or Bell’s Palsy, it can also cause ptosis.
Our New York ptosis surgery results in eyes that appear droopy, misshapen and asymmetrical, which can lead to low self-esteem and self-consciousness about your looks. However, fortunately for many of our clients, ptosis doesn’t have to be permanent. A specialized surgery with Dr. Kwak has the potential to fix the condition, creating a more open and balanced expression. In addition to the Asian ptosis procedure, Dr. Kwak offers a primary Asian eyelid surgery in New York that maintains the natural form, while beautifying the eye area.
Symptoms of ptosis
The clearest sign of ptosis is a drooping upper eyelid. However, there are other symptoms that are also associated with this condition, including:
- Impaired vision
- Heavy upper eyelids
- Chronic headaches due to straining the eyes and muscles
- Constantly raising the eyebrow or tilting the head to see better
If you are someone you loved one has experienced any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with NYC facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward S. Kwak