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Ptosis Frequently Asked Questions

Ptosis is a condition that that affects many people. From slight ptosis to severe, Dr. Liu can help. He is a micro-surgically trained plastic surgeon, this is important when it comes to ptosis surgery because there must not be a noticeable scar left after surgery that might obstruct your vision and micro-surgeons are trained in techniques that make this possible. This training combined with his high level of artistry make it possible for him to deliver among the best ptosis repair Beverly Hills has available. These are the most common questions people have when wanting to find out about ptosis:

What are the Different Types of Ptosis?

There are many nuances to the condition known as ptosis, each individual must be examined and treated to their specific condition but there are three different classifications that aid one in determining the best procedure that will handle the condition.

Congenital Ptosis

This condition is something you’re born with. So individuals with congenital ptosis usually have been suffering from it for many years. Using the most advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Liu can handle ptosis if you’ve been living with it for 40 years or 4 years.

Acquired Ptosis

Many cases of ptosis come later in life due to age and the weakening of the levator muscle by nerve damage, a physically traumatic accident or old scar tissue can cause it as well.


Pseudoptosis can stem from hypotropia (a misalignment of the eyes), the eye’s muscles not working well and dermatochalasis (excess skin around the eyes). This isn’t a full list of causes of ptosis but the most common. A consultation with Dr. Liu in Beverly Hills will determine the cause and best treatment for you.

What is the Recovery Like for Ptosis Repair Surgery?

After most ptosis repair surgeries it is typical to experience swelling for 2 days, after that the swelling gradually reduces. There will be minimal bruising and the full recovery time is 7-10 days. For certain types of ptosis, you may need a functional muscle sling, this is a more extensive ptosis surgery and takes 2-3 weeks to recover.

Are Multiple Surgeries Necessary?

The majority of ptosis patients do not require more than one surgery to fully handle their condition. There are some cases, however, that require multiple minor corrections.

Will Insurance Cover Ptosis Surgery?

Yes. Ptosis affects your vision and functionality so is covered by insurance. The fact that it can also improve your looks and the aesthetics of your face is a bonus.

Will Ptosis Repair Surgery Affect My Vision?

Yes, but not in a bad way. It can actually dramatically improve your vision by tightening and removing the excess skin that was causing vision problems. In ptosis surgery, you’re not dealing with the globe of the eye, you’re handling the skin and muscle around it.

Is This Type of Surgery Dangerous?

No. Dr. Liu takes the least invasive path to handling your ptosis, it is similar to cosmetic upper eyelid surgery and just as safe.

Are the Results Permanent?

Yes. However, your eye muscle may weaken with time and age to a point that you need revisional surgery later on in life.

Who is Affected by Ptosis?

People of all ages can be affected by ptosis, although it is most commonly associated with aging. It affects both men and women equally.

How is Ptosis Diagnosed?

Dr. Liu will give you a private, one-on-one consultation to determine the best treatment option for your condition. He will administer a full examination of your eye and face, the severity of droopiness and whether the eyelid hinders vision and to what degree are factors in a proper diagnosis.

Are Ptosis and Dermatochalasis the Same Thing?

No, ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid caused by muscle weakness or paralysis. Dermatochalasis is having excess skin in the upper or lower eyelid, both can cause the appearance of drooping eyelids but are treated with different surgical procedures.

If I Wasn’t Born With Ptosis, Can I Still Get It?

Ptosis can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (developed later in life). If this condition is present in children it is important to have it treated as soon as possible to avoid poor vision from developing. If it acquired, surgery can treat it in a relatively short amount of time.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Perry Liu provides some of the best ptosis repair Beverly Los Angeles & Beverly Hills have. His patients benefit greatly from his skilled hands and gentle and inviting bedside manner. To gain the results you want, your first step is a private, one-on-one consultation. During this comprehensive consultation Dr. Liu will fully examine your ptosis condition to determine the best course of action for your ptosis repair surgery. Any questions you have will be answered and together, you will handle your ptosis and markedly improve your quality of life. Please schedule a consultation today!