Ptosis Surgery Beverly Hills
Ptosis (pronounced "toe-sis") is a condition in which the upper eyelid droops. This should not be confused with extra skin, fat or muscle to the eyelid, which are typically addressed with blepharoplasty surgery. In Ptosis, the upper eyelid margin (where the eyelashes are) falls to - or covers - the pupil when the eye is open. This leads to visual obstruction. When Ptosis can be shown to reduce vision (peripheral vision), its correction is covered by most insurance plans. Proving visual deficit requires photo documentation and specialized testing (visual field testing), which can be performed in the office. If the degree of Ptosis is not as severe (does not affect vision), it is considered elective surgery and can be corrected as a cosmetic procedure.
Ptosis can be caused by congenital or acquired defects in the muscle (or its tendon), which lifts the eyelid. It is also associated with growths, which weigh the eyelid down, or neurological disease. The most common reason Ptosis occurs is simply weakening of the muscle (or its tendon), which occurs with age.
Ptosis correction is a minor surgical procedure, involving tightening of the muscle that lifts the eyelid. This can be performed through the eyelid skin or from the inside of the eyelid. The surgical approach taken depends on specific findings and testing performed during the preoperative evaluation. Incisions for Ptosis repair are typically on the inside of the eyelid and are not visible, once stitches are removed and the full course of healing has taken place.
Revision Ptosis Repair Patient Testimonial
Dr. Massry changed my life. I was born with ptosis (droopy eyelid) and got a ptosis repair in 1997. It held up okay throughout my childhood but as I got older I began to notice my ptosis was over-corrected to the point that I didn't even have a visible eyelid on the affected eye. It was definitely noticeable and I grew very self conscious of it. I hated looking in the mirror and taking photos. I would get asked by people at school, "what's wrong with your eye?" Or "Do you have a lazy eye?" which as you can imagine isn't something you want to hear.
In 2014, I decided I should start pursuing a revisional surgery. I met with a doctor who claimed a blepharoplasty would fix all my problems. I pursued that surgery with this doctor, not Dr. Massry. The effect of that surgery was absolutely nothing. My eyelids looked identical to how they were pre surgery. When I had a post operative checkup with the doctor and discussed that I was displeased with my results, I was basically told there's nothing anyone can do about it and I'm stuck the way I am so suck it up. But I didn't want to take no for an answer. At my yearly eye doctor checkup, I mentioned this surgery and my reasoning for having it. My eye doctor then recommended Dr. Massry. I googled him extensively, looked at before and after photos/ testimonials and liked what I saw. That's when I decided to give his office a call and schedule a consultation.
At my consultation I got all my questions answered and I really liked how confident Dr Massry was that he would be capable of doing something positive to my eyelid. Seeing that this would be my 3rd eyelid surgery, I have a LOT of scar tissue so reopening the same wound is tricky and dangerous but Dr Massry assured me that he could make this a lot better for me and was confident in his ability to do so. And that is exactly what he did.
After my surgery with Dr Massry I finally have an eyelid again, and it's 99.99999% even with the other one. I didn't even know this could be possible with such a complicated, tricky case. I am so unbelievably grateful that I can look in the mirror with ease and not hide my eye behind bangs anymore. I would highly recommend Dr. Massry to anyone who has ptosis or had a bad ptosis correction surgery. He is great at what he does and there's a reason he is so well rated and highly praised. I can't thank him enough. -Alice. B