Ptosis (“toe-sis”) is the medical term for drooping. This is a separate issue from excess eyelid skin/dermatochalasis (which is addressed with a blepharoplasty). Ptosis occurs when the muscle that lifts the upper eyelid becomes loose. This may occur with age, after eye surgery (cataract, glaucoma or retina surgery), or with prolonged contact lens use. In rare cases, it may be a congenital condition. Blepharoplasty (eyelid skin removal) surgery alone will not correct ptosis. The affected muscle in the middle layer of the eyelid must be addressed to correct the drooping eyelid. Dr. Hui will meet with you and perform a thorough exam. Many factors must be taken into consideration to determine the optimal ptosis repair procedure for you. After measurements are taken, together you will discuss the most appropriate treatment plan. If appropriate, ptosis repair surgery may be performed in conjunction with cosmetic blepharoplasty. Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis with minimal postoperative pain. Most patients resume their normal activities one week after surgery.