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my sister says she has ptosis. are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Unlikely: Most ptosis is individually acquired and not inherited. Your sister's ophthalmologist can evaluate her and tell you why she has it. You are unlikely to have the same history.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Not usually: However, a tendency toward dermatochalasis, which is an age reated droopy lid with puffy upper lids does tend to run in families and hasomething to do with the upper lid structures, an inherited tendency. Family members will have similar facial structures, so as we age and sag, the likelyhood increases.
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Depends: Do you mean ptosis of the upper eyelids or ptosis of the breasts?

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