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Eyelid Surgery - Blepharoplasty

Complete eye health includes healthy eyelids. The most common eyelid problems are excessive eyelid skin, droopy lids or eyelids that turn inward or outward. They all can cause eye discomfort or limit vision, and certainly affect appearance. Fortunately, these eyelid problems are correctable with surgery.

DERMATOCHALASIS (Excessive Upper Eyelid Skin)

Over time, many people develop excess eyelid skin. Eyelid skin is the thinnest skin of the body, so it tends to stretch.

In the upper eyelid, this stretched skin may limit your side vision. The same problem causes "bags" to form in the lower eyelids.

The excess skin in the upper eyelids can be removed surgically by a procedure called blepharoplasty. It improves side vision and other symptoms. Removal of the excess skin in either the upper or lower eyelids may improve appearance. If excess fatty tissue is present, it may be removed at the same time.

PTOSIS (Eyelid Drooping)

Upper lid ptosis can either be apparent at birth (congenital) or develop with age (involutional). A child with congenital ptosis may tilt their head backward to see, so the condition does not always lead to poor vision. Nevertheless, children with ptosis should be examined by an ophthalmologist because they can have other associated eye problems.

Involutional ptosis develops with aging. It may worsen after other types of eye surgery or chronic eyelid swelling. Ptosis may limit your side or even central vision. If ptosis occurs in one eye, it may create an uneven appearance. Surgical shortening of the muscle that opens the eyelid will often lead to better vision and improve appearance.

Eyelid Plastic Surgery

Eyelid plastic surgery is almost always performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. Before surgery, your ophthalmologist will perform an eye examination and make recommendations. Photographs and side-vision testing are often required by insurance companies before blepharoplasty and ptosis surgery.

If you are planning to have surgery, be sure to tell you ophthalmologist if you are taking ASPIRIN or ASPIRIN-containing drugs, blood thinners, or if you have a bleeding disorder.

This surgery is generally safe; however, as with any surgery, there are some risks:

Eyelid cosmetic surgery is a very elegant and intricate procedure that is safely performed in an outpatient setting. The improvement in appearance, vision and comfort is very gratifying.

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