A variety of safe and effective procedures are available to patients troubled with drooping or sagging eyelids and unwanted wrinkles. Many types of doctors perform eyelid surgery, but ophthalmologists are particularly qualified to correct eyelid problems by restoring the proper lid anatomy which will help with better vision. Cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure with a relatively short recovery time. It is effective in correcting abnormal lid contour and position. Unwanted skin and “bags” around the eye caused by excess fatty tissue can also be removed. The surgery is performed in the natural lid lines to help avoid scarring. We offer several types of surgery:
Blepharoplasty is surgery to remove redundant skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is a safe and effective procedure often combined with removal of the underlying fatty deposits that cause bagginess around the eyelid. The lid crease may also be altered to create a more cosmetically acceptable appearance.
Ptosis surgery is performed to raise drooping eyelids to the correct anatomic position providing both a normal appearance and improved vision. This procedure may be combined with other lid surgeries to remove wrinkles and create a pleasing cosmetic result. Ptosis repair may also help patients who have drooping lids from an underlying medical problem or injury. Children with congenital lid problems or droopy lids from trauma may also be candidates for this procedure.
A brow lift may be performed separately or in conjunction with a ptosis repair or blepharoplasty. Sometimes the main reason for abnormal eyelids is the force of the drooping eyebrow pushing down on the eyelid. This must be corrected in order to provide a proper result.
Repair of ectropion (abnormal outward rotation of the eyelid) and entropion (abnormal inward rotation) are important procedures to correct abnormal eyelid positions. If the eyelid is not properly aligned, the resulting dryness and discomfort can cause scarring and loss of vision.