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Ptosis is a medical term for drooping. Eyelids with ptosis are affected by an excess sagging skin, and possibly fat, which may partially cover the eye itself, limiting vision. Eyelid ptosis may affect one or both eyes, and requires a specialized surgery called “ptosis eyelid surgery,” which provides added support to the brow muscles to lift one or both drooping lids.

What is ptosis eyelid surgery?

While many people undergo eyelid surgery, some require a more extensive procedure. Ptosis eyelid surgery may be the correct procedure if you suffer from any of the following eyelid conditions:

  • Excess hooding
  • Asymmetry
  • Brow ptosis (drooping heavy brow)
  • Fatty deposits on eyelid or brow
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Do I need ptosis eyelid surgery?

If you are considering eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, it is critically important that your procedure is performed with an excess of caution, advanced surgical techniques, and precision. A full evaluation of your condition will reveal whether ptosis eye surgery will be necessary in your case. The eye has many natural muscular forces involved in eye motion.

One of the critical parts of this natural mechanism is the levator muscle, which allows for full opening of the eyelid. A congenital condition may require you to undergo ptosis eye surgery to repair one eyelid that has a poorly developed levator muscle, and one drooping lid.

Why choose Cheng Plastic Surgery in San Jose?

Any eyelid surgery should be performed with masterful technique, as even a tiny error in the quantity of tissue removed or the tightened muscles may lead to a very unnatural look. At Cheng Plastic Surgery, we are proud to have garnered a reputation for surgical excellence in custom eyelid surgery. The benefits of undergoing eyelid surgery at our center include:

  • Our eyelid surgeons are certified in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery.
  • The two doctors are a brother-sister surgical team.
  • Our approach is to employ the most advanced techniques in eyelid surgery, ensuring every patient is 100 percent happy with their results and experience.
  • Our state-of-the-art, private plastic surgery center has access to two operating rooms, fully staffed with accredited medical professionals.
  • As head and neck surgeons, we perform eyelid ptosis surgery with meticulous attention to detail. Restoration creates results which blend and draw from our medical experience, refined surgical techniques, and artistic eye. We strive for perfection as a goal, but realize the goals and aspirations are driven by our patients.

What is the recovery time after ptosis eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is generally not a difficult recovery, but each person heals differently. For the first three days, icing the area assists in limiting swelling and bruising. You will need to cleanse the area, as outlined in your aftercare instructions. The sutures are usually removed in about one week. When planning for this surgery, arrange at least one week off work. You will be able to return to more vigorous physical activities in about three weeks. Most of the swelling dissipates within two weeks, with residual swelling gone after about three months, with full healing achieved.

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Practice Policy Update from Cheng Plastic Surgery Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery

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