Blepharoptosis is a condition where the upper eyelid droops in an abnormally low position.
Blepharoptosis repair is typically performed in an outpatient surgical setting. An anesthesiologist (MD) administers sedating medications while monitoring vital signs. The eyelid opening muscle is reattached or shortened through a small incision in the upper lid.
Less commonly, the eyelid opening muscle is too weak to resolve the droopiness by the above technique. When this degree of muscle weakness is present, frontalis sling must be performed. This involves connecting the eyelid to the eyebrow (frontalis) muscle deep within the eyelid tissues.
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