Drooping of the upper eyelid, “Ptosis”
Of key importance when considering eyelid surgery is a thorough evaluation of the eyelids to exclude subtle signs of a droopy upper eyelid, termed ptosis in medical jargon. The signs of drooping may be subtle.
However, recognition is of key importance to ensure a good natural result after eyelid surgery. Oculo-facial plastic surgeons are specialists in this area of facial surgery. Drooping of the upper eyelid is a relatively common eyelid condition that usually occurs with aging of the facial tissues.
“People have an exquisite ability to recognise less than one-millimetre asymmetry between the eyelid heights, and half a millimetre or more drooping of one eyelid can be noticeable,” says De Silva. “Meticulous detail is important”.
There is a small muscle behind the upper eyelid that opens the eyelid (the levator aponeurosis) and with facial ageing, or as a consequence of genetics (inherited from your parents), the muscle can slip or it may be weak, resulting in a droopy eyelid.