Correction of droopy upper eyelids that impair vision (also known as ptosis) restores a smooth, natural contour to the upper eyelid.

The procedure corrects a hooded upper eyelid and lifts the position of the eyelid margin which has dropped causing a tired appearance. Droopy upper eyelids that impair your upper peripheral vision may be improved with ptosis surgery. Dr. Codner uses very detailed, specialized techniques to reposition the upper eyelid, including reducing excess, obstructive skin and repositioning the muscles to create a natural-looking, brighter appearance to the eyelids.

Generally outpatient, correction of droopy eyelids is most commonly performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation.

Correction of droopy eyelids may be covered by your insurance; please discuss your potential benefits and precertification for surgery with our staff.

You may engage in light activity the day after your surgery. Depending on any accompanying procedures, a return to more normal activity may take 1-2 weeks. Your appearance will gradually improve over the following 4-6 weeks.

Proper skincare and sun protection including sunglasses, are essential during healing. Results are often long-term, although you will continue to age naturally.

“I want you to know how much you have helped me through some very difficult times. Your care about your patients and their feelings are not something I have experienced with any other physician. The last surgery has made my eye look more “normal.” Several people have commented on it. I feel better about myself now, not so self-conscious.” Debra

Articles and Lectures

Chairman, Oculoplastic Symposium, Eyelid Anatomy, Lower Blepharoplasty, Atlanta, GA, 2008 – 2010.

Costa Rican Society of Plastic Surgery, Blepharoplasty Symposium, San Jose, CA, 2007.

ASAPS, Oculoplastic Surgery Teaching Course, Upper Blepharoplasty Panel, New York, 2007.

ASPS, Male Blepharoplasty Panel, Complications Following Cosmetic Surgery Panel, Baltimore, MD, 2007.

Chairman, Perspectives and Advances in Plastic Surgery, New Ideas and Innovations, Moderator: Correction of Ptosis, ,Vail, CO, 2006.

Upper and Lower Lid Blepharoplasty, Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, Curitiba, Brazil, 2003.


Codner, MA, Lisa M. DiFrancesco, and Clinton D. McCord. Upper Eyelid Reconstruction. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 114(7), 98e, December 2004.

Codner, MA, CR Day, TR Hester, F Nahai, and CD McCord. The Management of Mundane to Complex Blepharoplasty Problems. Perspectives in Plastic Surgery, (1): 15-32, 2001.

McCord, CD and MA Codner. Eyelid Surgery, Lippincott – Raven, Philadelphia, 1995.

Codner, MA and MK Hanna. “Applied Anatomy of the Eyelids and Orbit.” The Art of Aesthetic Surgery. Ed. Foad Nahai. St Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, 2007.

Codner, MA and MK Hanna. “Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty.” The Art of Aesthetic Surgery. Ed. Foad Nahai. St.Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, 2007.

Codner, MA and DT Ford. “Blepharoplasty.” Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery. Ed. Charles Thorne. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2007.

Codner, MA. “Reconstruction of the Eyelids and Orbit.” Plastic Surgery: Indications, Operations, and Outcomes. Eds. Achauer, Eriksson, Guyuron. Philadelphia: Mosby, 2000.

Codner, MA, Ed., McCord, CD, Codner, MA. Eyelid & Periorbital Surgery., Vol 1 & 2, St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing. 2008.

Clinton D. McCord, Codner, MA, and H Seify. Transblepharoplasty Ptosis Repair: Three-Step Technique, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 120(4):1037-1044, September 2007.