A droopy eyelid is called ptosis, and it can affect one eyelid or two eyelids either equally or asymmetrically.
When it is very mild, we regard it as a cosmetic problem, and many people will not bother to correct it. When they get older, we might view eyelid surgery as a vain.
However, if your eyelid starts to droop down quite a bit and your eyebrow can no longer lift it adequately using a compensatory eyebrow lift, then the ptosis may be quite apparent and interfere with the function and get in the way of your vision. You would then need to get droopy eyelid cure of ptosis surgery to see well.
There are many causes of ptosis. One significant cause of which is ageing. There can also be something under the eyelid, or there can be a problem with the nerve to the muscle of the eyelid, or an inherent problem with the muscle itself becoming weak with a myopathy.
You will, therefore, need a full eyelid oculoplastic consultation and assessment with me to do what is called the eyelid measurements. With that, I will measure the amount that the eyelids are open, to look to see whether there is any compensatory eyebrow lift, measure the skin crease and the measure the excursion of the levator muscle called the levator function and several other measurements and modalities which help tell me what type of ptosis you have.
If your ptosis is involutional or age-related and is interfering with the way, you see it is most likely that you are over the age of 50, possibly in your early 60s or 70s and require local anaesthetic surgery to correct that ptosis and help you see. The droopy eyelid cure is surgery not medical, and the operation is done gently and delicately under a local anaesthetic here at Clinica London.
We usually book it in a week or so after your consultation as a day case with you coming up mid-morning to have the surgery before lunchtime, then you have lunch with us at Clinica London in your recovery area and go home about an hour after the surgery. We then see you about a week or two later to remove the stitches. I also use a fibrin adhesive which helps give a quiet healing eyelid.
Do not forget that you can see a lot better if you get droopy eyelid cure for your ptosis, which may affect one eyelid, upper eyelid or both upper eyelids, either equally or asymmetrically. A fully oculoplastic trained consultant like myself will let you know what is causing your droopy eyelid and tell you how you can see better as well as carrying out the eyelid surgery to help you see better.