The effects aging has on our skin can cause many aesthetic changes that can change the overall appearance of our skin. While you can still maintain healthy skin with a good at-home skin care regimen, aging can also affect the skin’s internal structure. As less collagen is created and elasticity decreases, your skin can start to sag or become dull in appearance.
Although many aesthetic treatment methods are frequently used to address fine lines and wrinkles that can appear from the loss of collagen and elasticity, the area below the eyebrows is often overlooked as an area that is affected by other results of aging.
Ptosis is the drooping of the skin and tissue of the upper eyelid caused by the stretching of the small muscle that controls your eyelids. Generally, this condition advances very slowly, and many people may not notice it until close attention is paid when looking in the mirror or if it becomes severe enough, their vision becomes partially blocked.
Usually, ptosis is harmless, other than potentially affecting your vision result of aging or genetics. However, ptosis that quickly develops over a few days or a relatively short amount of time may indicate a more serious internal medical condition and should be addressed and diagnosed as soon as possible.
The main goal of the procedure to resolve issues from ptosis is not to address cosmetic or aesthetic concerns. Instead, your surgeon will focus on tightening or reattaching the small levator muscle that controls your eyelid. However, this can also be combined with another eyelid procedure, blepharoplasty, that removes the excess skin and improves your face’s aesthetics.
In some cases, when surgery is required to resolve vision concerns, the procedures may be covered by insurance.
Dr. Murrell has the experience and skills required to improve your vision and address the aesthetic concerns caused by ptosis. Call Dr. W. John W. Murrell, Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery in Amarillo, TX, at 806-351-1177 or visit www.wjohnwmurrell.com for a comprehensive exam.