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Restore vision; get that wide-eyed youthful look with treatment for many types of eyelid ptosis in NYC

get that wide-eyed youthful look with treatment for many types of eyelid ptosis from Dr. Edmund Kwan.

You don’t have to say a word to “speak volumes,” thanks to the power of your eyes; however, sometimes the beauty and even the proper, healthy function of your eyes can be diminished by a common condition called “ptosis.” Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edmund Kwan discusses the many types of eyelid ptosis and treatment in the NYC area, available at his three offices and designed to take years off of the appearance of your face and to restore clear vision.

Open your eyes to ptosis.

This condition refers to droopy eyelids. Also known as blepharoptosis, this upper eyelid droop can affect both eyes and varies dramatically in its severity. We’ve seen patients whose upper lid falls just enough to be noticeable and bothersome. Other patients’ droop covers the pupil that allows light into your eyes. Healthy vision is limited or even blocked by severe ptosis. Like our patients, there are many unique forms of ptosis that generally fall into one of two categories:

  • Congenital or childhood ptosis
  • Acquired or adult ptosis

Open your eyes to ptosis
Sometimes, children are born with impaired levator muscles. This muscle is responsible for lifting the eyelid. While drooping is the most obvious sign of ptosis, your child may also tend to tip his or her head back, or regularly raise their eyebrows to see or read better due to the uneven way the upper eyelid creases line up with each other. Ptosis in childhood may be accompanied by additional ocular problems, such as eye movement disorders. It’s important to get correction promptly, because over time your child may be at risk of developing other vision-oriented problems like lazy eye, crossed eyes, or astigmatism.

Just because you were born with ptosis doesn’t necessarily mean you have or are at significant risk of developing an ocular problem. Many Asian  and Caucasian patients alike are simply born with what appears to be droopy eyelids, which can give you a perpetually tired or aged look. We take great pride in achieving the bright-eyed look you’ve always wanted.

Sometimes, patients who were born with that big, wide-eyed appearance develop the condition over time. Acquired ptosis has many causes, including:

  • Aging — Known as aponeurotic ptosis, this condition arises when the levator muscles are overly stretched.
  • Long-time contacts use — If your contact lenses are frequently irritated, you may rub your eyes and inadvertently pull the lids without realizing it. This habit, too, can stretch out the lid’s muscles.
  • Medical conditions — Disorders like myasthenia gravis and third nerve palsy cause neurogenic ptosis, which affects the nerve pathways that control muscular movement.
  • Systemic disorders — Conditions like muscular dystrophy and progressive ophthalmoplegia are associated with myogenic ptosis, caused by muscle wasting that also weakens levator muscles.

Still other causes of ptosis include masses that weigh down the eyelid, and traumatic ptosis following an accident or traumatic injury that compromises the eye muscles.
The good news is ptosis can be corrected at our offices
The good news is ptosis can be corrected at our offices. By treating the muscle so frequently responsible for this condition, we can achieve or restore a more natural and attractive appearance. For children, factors such as the patient’s age and eyelid height will be taken into account, whereas for adults this common outpatient procedure is well-tolerated and usually involves numbing the treatment site. Sedation can also help you relax in the treatment chair. The idea is to adjust or lift the levator muscle. Through a small incision in the skin of the eyelid, we’ll reposition the levator muscle, which results in an elevated lid that is both more cosmetically appealing and improves your vision. Throughout the procedure, we’ll also ask you to make specific eye movements because this helps us determine how wide the lid should open. Since the incision is made in the crease, any potential scarring is well-hidden.

Correcting the eyelid has some surprising cosmetic benefits. You may immediately notice an improvement in the appearance of frown lines on the forehead. Your forehead muscles are no longer making up for the muscular weakness in the eyelids. They’ll be able to function as they were intended, rather than helping to lift the lids, resulting in an immediate wrinkle-softening effect.

For more information on what to expect during and after treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kwan. Contact our Manhattan, Flushing, or Fort Lee locations.


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    Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
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    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
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    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
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    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns and I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
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