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Recovery & Support for Ptosis

If you’ve had surgery for ptosis, the experienced oculoplastic surgeons at NYU Langone monitor every step of your recovery to ensure that you heal properly and achieve the desired vision and cosmetic improvements.

After surgery, you schedule follow-up appointments with your doctor every month. This enables your doctor to assess how your eyelid is healing and to check the movement of the eyelid.

Throughout the healing process, you may notice that the position of your eyelid changes because of the swelling. The eyelid may not be in its intended final position until two to three months after surgery. After three months, your surgeon evaluates how the lid looks and compares it to your other eyelid.

If the lid position is not satisfactory, your surgeon can often perform small adjustments or repeat the procedure to further improve the eyelid position. However, you may have to wait several months in between surgeries to make sure that healing is not interrupted.

Although it’s difficult to ensure that the eyelids are ultimately in the identical position, the majority of people are very satisfied with the outcome of surgical procedures.

Visual aids, such as glasses and magnifiers, are not necessary after surgery.

For children with ptosis, the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care provides resources for children and their families throughout diagnosis and treatment. These include child life services, social work, and other health and support services.

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