Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery
What is oculoplastic surgery?
Oculoplastic surgery refers to a wide variety of surgical procedures that treat the eyelids, tear ducts and the face. Oculoplastic procedures are used to restore obstructed vision, improve appearance or both.
Eyelid surgery treatment options
Most eyelid surgeries are performed under local anesthesia and require around an hour to perform. To minimize scarring, your surgeon will make small incisions along the natural fold of your eyelid and close the incision with small stitches. Most people can return to work within a week and experience only mild discomfort.
In some people, drooping eyelids can not only create an aging look but can also create a vision problem. Blepharoplasty (eyelid revision surgery) reduces drooping eyelid tissue. Overall, this improves the appearance of the eyelid and creates a rejuvenated and more alert appearance.
Another eye condition that can cause your eyelids to droop is ptosis. In patients with ptosis, the levator muscle in the eyelid is not working effectively and causes the lid margin to droop down into the field of vision. Ptosis surgery tightens the levator muscles to lift your eyelids.
Entropion and ectropion repair
Ectropion is a “turning out” of the eyelid that causes redness, irritation, tearing and an increased likelihood of infection. Entropion is a “turning in” of the eyelid that causes the lid and lashes to rub painfully against the cornea. Both of these conditions can be repaired through a quick surgical procedure under local anesthesia.
Lid lesion removal
Lid lesions are bumpy growths that appear on the eyelid. In most cases, these growths are benign and do not require treatment. However, many patients choose to have an eyelid lesion removed for cosmetic reasons, or because they find it interferes with their vision.