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Eyelid Ptosis Repair (Drooping)

eyelid ptosis repairDroopiness (also referred to as ptosis – pronounced “toe-sis”) or sagging of one or both upper eyelids caused by injury to the muscle, congenital defect, muscle disorders, nerve disorders, or aging can obstruct vision when severe and create a tired or aged appearance. It can be associated with rubbing of your eyelids, such as with environmental allergies, or can occur with medical conditions such as Myasthenia Gravis. Eyelid ptosis may also cause excessive forehead wrinkling, headaches from forehead muscle contraction, tipping back of the head to improve vision, and eye fatigue. Dr. Hoenig can correct this problem by repairing the muscle and supporting the eyelid. After surgery, your eyes will be open more and you have a more alert, less sleepy appearance.


Eyelid ptosis (also known as blepharoptosis) can be present at birth (congenital ptosis) or may develop later in life. If noticed in childhood, is important to correct this early in life to prevent disturbances in development of eyesight.

Eyelid Ptosis or Excess Skin?

When most people think of getting their eyelids lifted, what they are referring to is removing excess, sagging eyelid skin that might be so noticeable that the eyelid skin is resting on their upper eyelashes. The procedure to remedy that is called blepharoplasty.

Unlike blepharoplasty, eyelid ptosis repair address a weakness or stretching of the actual eyelid muscle, not sagging skin. (Ptosis comes from Greek and means falling or drooping). Eyelid ptosis only is used to describe upper eyelid drooping and not that of the lower eyelids. Upper eyelid ptosis can cause the eyelid to cover the pupil of the eye and obstruct vision.

“Best surgeon in Los Angeles if not the planet. Had Ptosis and needed eyelid surgery.
Very difficult case. Other PS’s would not do the case. Dr. H made it happen.
Did it beautifully, painless, professional and reasonable. I am high profile on TV and my career was at stake.
The man is a “godsend”. I recommend him to all without hesitation. The best!…”


After surgery, your upper eyelids will be swollen and bruised, usually for 10-14 days. You must be careful to not rub your eyelids at all during this time.

Related Procedures

Eyelid ptosis repair can be performed alone with local anesthesia and oral sedation, or in combination with other procedures such as upper or lower blepharoplasty, or brow lift surgery.

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