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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, April 6, 2020:

Even with social distancing, we're still here for you.

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and all the staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery continue to wish you health and happiness during these challenging and unprecedented times. ⁣

In compliance with the updated Shelter In Place Order from the Santa Clara County Health Officer, our office will remain closed and will reopen on Monday, May 4th. Of course as we navigate through uncharted territory, we will continue to keep you updated. Although we miss seeing all of you every day, health and safety is our priority!

If you have an appointment scheduled between April 7th - May 3rd, we will be doing our best to reach out and reschedule you for a later date. If you know you have an appointment within these dates - feel free to call us at (408) 255-3223 or email us at [email protected] to help this process.

We will continue to see emergent appointments on a patient-by-patient basis, and are continuing to offer Virtual FaceTime/Phone Appointments with both Dr. Elbert and Dr. Jacqueline. This can be time to simply say hello, get medical advice on the current pandemic, or plan for future treatments and surgeries. Whatever you may need, we're here for you.

We thank you for your continued support as we get through these difficult times and can't wait to come out of this stronger, together.

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Kindest Regards,,

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


Monday, March 16, 2020:

Even with social distancing, we're still here for you.

As the current situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, we are continuing to make decisions regarding our practice to keep ourselves and our community healthy. As the future of this virus is uncertain, it is mandated by Santa Clara County Public Health Department Officials that all non-essential businesses close their doors and shelter in place.

Because of this region-wide order, our office will be closed as of Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 and will be rescheduling all non-emergent treatments, follow up appointments and surgeries after Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.⁣ All future in-office events for March and April have been postponed until further notice.

To those patients that need to be seen urgently for post-operative or emergent appointments - please call our office phone number. Your call will be forwarded to an employee that can best help you as we will still have remote access to our schedule. They will make the necessary arrangements to ensure you receive the proper care. ⁣

We are confident that we will make it through this and become a stronger and smarter community because of it. Yes, most people do not die from COVID-19 and many can be asymptomatic - but the sooner we isolate from one another, the sooner we can make sure those statistics do not change.⁣

As physicians, we hold health to the utmost importance so we please ask those of you who can - work from home when possible, do not go to restaurants or bars, limit your public exposure and be cognizant of those who are sick, elderly or immunocompromised. In this time, we have to not only think of ourselves, but think of those that can be directly affected and do all we can for the sake of our community, our state, and our country.⁣

We do not believe this is a time to panic - but rather the opposite. It is time to be rational and act with extreme purpose. By preventatively closing our doors for the next 3 weeks - we may be helping change the course of a potentially life-changing event in history.⁣

We look forward to a future of health and happiness with you at Cheng Plastic Surgery!⁣

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Caring and cautious regards,⁣

Dr. Elbert & Dr. Jacqueline Cheng

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