A Colorado woman, age 40 has had droopy eyelids since high school and they became worse as time went by. Now, after having upper eyelid surgery, she looks more awake and feels years younger.
Online PR News – 13-April-2012 – Denver, CO – Denver, CO - Jennifer Knuessel, a mother of two used to hate to have her photo taken. “My eyelids have always been droopy, and I thought I always looked like I was drunk!”, she says. “I have had the problem since my teens.”
“Many people experience sagging upper eyelids, a condition known as ‘ptosis’, says Dr. Michael McCracken, an ophthalmic plastic surgeon who practices in Parker and Boulder, CO. “But you don’t have to be middle-aged to develop upper eyelid ptosis. Some people may begin to notice the problem in their later 30’s or early 40’s, while others like Jennifer have had sagging upper eyelids since they were much younger.”
“My vision was actually impaired by my eyelids partially covering my eyes,” says Jennifer. “It was really irritating because I’m an avid reader. Finally, I was referred to Dr. McCracken by another eye doctor who couldn’t complete an eye exam because my eyelids were in the way.”
“The procedure is called a ptosis repair,” says Dr. McCracken. "During this surgery I tighten the muscle that lifts the upper lid"
“For patients with excess skin and fat around the eyes, I can perform a 'blepharoplasty," says Dr. McCracken. This procedure takes about 30 minutes and can be done with local anesthesia in an office setting, or in an operating room with I.V. sedation. During upper eyelid surgery I make a small incision, hidden in the natural eyelid fold to remove excess skin and fat in order to restore a more youthful appearance. The incision is designed to be hidden within the natural fold of the eyelid to minimize visible scarring. It takes about 30 minutes and can be done with local anesthesia in an office setting, or in an operating room with I.V. sedation.
Dr. McCracken says that while Jennifer’s eyelid ptosis was quite pronounced, people with more common signs of ptosis can see significant improvement in their appearance after having the procedure. “Since the eyes are often the first facial feature we notice when looking at a person, youthful, awake looking eyes can transform the appearance of the entire face, even if no other cosmetic treatments are done.”
According to Dr. McCracken, some insurance providers will sometimes cover upper eyelid surgery if a number of strict criteria are met. In these cases, the excess skin must be hanging down into the patient’s vision enough to be causing significant visual compromise. This visual compromise must be demonstrated by both photography and visual field testing.
“I’m much happier now with my appearance,” says Jennifer. “And I don’t hide from the camera any longer.”
For more information visit www.mccrackenmd.com or call The McCracken Eye and Face Institute at 720-851-6600.
About Dr. Michael McCracken:
Michael McCracken, M.D. moved to Denver in 2003 after completing a three-year ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois Chicago and a two-year fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the University of California San Diego. As a board certified ophthalmologist with additional specialized training in oculoplastic surgery, Dr. Michael McCracken is distinctly qualified to treat diseases and surgical needs of the eyes, problems related to the eyelids, tear ducts and eye sockets, and cosmetic concerns of the eyelids, eyebrows and face.
About Michael McCracken, M.D.
Dr. McCracken is among a handful of members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a highly selective society of specially trained surgeons who focus on the eyes and surrounding areas. Dr. McCracken is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. McCracken has lectured internationally and has also been chosen as a member of the BOTOX® and Juvéderm® National Education Faculty.