Procedures :: Droopy Upper Eyelids (Ptosis)

When the edge of the upper eyelid drops too low across the pupil the condition is called eyelid ptosis. Droopy upper eyelids can make the eyes look abnormally small and in severe cases the eyelid can even cover the pupil, blocking vision. Droopy eyelids are usually due to aging. Other causes include allergies, eye rubbing, contact lens wear, and trauma. Typically, a droopy eyelid results from a stretching of the tendon attached to the muscle that lifts the upper eyelid. Surgery to repair ptosis usually involves precise tucking or reattaching of this muscle. Many times this can be accomplished without a skin incision by tucking the muscle on the undersurface of the eyelid. Dr. Groth is one of a small number cosmetic surgeon in Los Angeles who performs this procedure.