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What is Ptosis and How is it Treated?

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Ptosis is droopiness of the upper eyelid margin where the lashes come out and hit the colored part of the eye or the iris. Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery specialists assess ptosis in Peoria by measuring the upper eyelid margin and comparing its relationship to the pupil or the black part of the eye.

What causes ptosis?

Some children infants are born with droopy lids. A significant part of the population may be born with mild congenital ptosis that may need to be corrected early. Most adults with this condition seek treatment mainly to improve their appearance.

What is the treatment of ptosis?

A doctor may perform a frontalis suspension to correct ptosis. This treatment involves attaching a silicone band to the connective tissue of the eyelid and then securing that to the frontalis or forehead muscle. When the child elevates their brow, it helps lift the lid. However, that procedure is reserved primarily for people with congenital ptosis, young children with poor muscle function, an inherited disorder.

The grand majority of ptosis repaired droopy eyelid surgery is performed in older patients where the connective tissue that holds the eyelid up stretches out. A specialist can make an incision in the folded crease of the upper eyelid, find that muscle, advance it, and then put stitches in it to shorten the length of the tendon, which in turn raises the lid.

Does blepharoplasty help correct droopy eyelids?

Ptosis treatment is commonly employed in conjunction with blepharoplasty and brow surgery because when specialists elevate the lid, it causes a redundancy or a fold in the skin. Therefore, to avoid that redundancy, it is not uncommon to move some excess eyelid skin simultaneously.

What is the importance of ptosis physical examination?

Your doctor needs to perform a thorough evaluation that will help determine what treatment will best suit a patient in terms of recovery for a ptosis correction. If an incision line is completed in the lid crease of the upper eyelid, your doctor may use absorbable sutures. However, permanent sutures sometimes also work.

What should you expect after ptosis treatment?

The sutures will require removal in one to two weeks following surgery. Moreover, patients that undergo ptosis correction can expect to have bruising and swelling for approximately two to three weeks following surgery. Sometimes your doctor may not know the final height of the eyelid for about six weeks following surgery because there can be some internal swelling. Therefore, postoperative visits are essential to ensure that the incision is healing correctly and that the patient has attained their desired results.

Although ptosis treatment is straightforward, care personalization is essential to ensure that patients get specific results. Droopy eyelids can negatively impact a person’s self-esteem, and finding the proper treatment for you might be what you need to improve your appearance. Contact Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery to learn more about ptosis by scheduling an appointment with your doctor.

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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Getting to the Root of It! Lebanese Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Mohammad Waizani Explains Root Canal Treatments

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Did you know that more than 15 million teeth are treated and saved every year? One of the most common treatments received are root canal treatments. At Dr. Mohammad Waizani’s clinic in Beirut, he specializes in making sure anyone who comes in with a root canal, leaves with a bright smile! 

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure in which the soft center of the tooth called a ‘pulp’ is removed. The pulp is made out of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves. In these cases, the pulp is infected after being exposed to bacteria that causes a lot of pain. The crown of the tooth is usually still intact despite the pulp being dead. 

Root canals can be caused by several reasons such as a chip or cracked tooth, deep decay due to cavities that are left untreated, an injury to the tooth, and multiple procedures on the same tooth. 

Some of the signs of root canal infections include the following:

  • Constant toothache 
  • Heat sensation and swelling of gums
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold 
  • Swollen jaw
  • Discoloration of teeth
  • Pain with applied pressure 

Dr. Waizani explains how this surgical procedure works to remove the pulp and ensure the tooth doesn’t get infected. He starts by applying anesthetics to the gum and around the infected tooth. Next, the pulp is removed through a small opening at the top of the tooth. After the procedure is done, his patients’ recovery includes antibiotics to ensure that that infection does not flare up post-procedure. This is followed by a temporary filling. 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, there is no need to panic. Contact Dr. Waizani to schedule your appointment! 

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