Also known as ophthalmic plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery focuses on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, tear ducts (lacrimal system), and eye socket (orbit). Oculoplastic surgeons also perform aesthetic surgery of the eyelids and brows, along with non-surgical rejuvenation of the face with Botox, Juvederm, Kybella, chemical peels, and skin care.
Reconstructive surgery makes up a large part of the field. This expert care of the eyelids, tear ducts, and eye socket is necessary to achieve optimal surgical outcomes.
One of the more commonly treated conditions is eyelid skin cancer. The most common types of these malignant lesions include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, sebaceous gland carcinoma, and melanoma. Each of these diagnoses requires detailed attention to help the eyelids regain function and look aesthetically pleasing.
Eyelid malposition – entropion and ectropion – are often treated by an oculoplastic surgeon. When the eyelids turn outward away from the eye (a condition known as ectropion), tearing and eye irritation can follow. If the eyelid turns inward toward the eye (a condition known as entropion), foreign body sensation and constant dryness can lead to infection. Both ectropion and entropion are treated with a simple outpatient surgery to restore the eyelids back to their normal position.
Styes and eyelid lesions are also commonly treated by an eyelid expert known as an oculoplastic surgeon. When a stye has reached the point of needing drainage (a condition known as a chalazion), a consultation may be necessary for an office-based procedure. Similarly, benign eyelid growths such as a papilloma, seborrheic keratosis, actinic keratosis, verucca vulgaris, or skin tag can be removed in the office with local anesthetic administration.
There are a wide variety of cosmetic procedures and surgeries that can be performed by an oculoplastic surgeon to improve the appearance of the eyes. Everything from Blepharoplasty and ptosis repair to eyelid bag removal and treatment of dark circles can be done. Moreover, browlifting and midface lifts are good options for patients seeking a full periocular rejuvenation.
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin, muscle, and/or fat from the upper or lower eyelids. When the droopy lids interfere with vision, many commercial insurance plans and Medicare will cover blepharoplasty surgery. An oculoplastic surgeon can determine if a particular patient is a good candidate for cosmetic eyelid surgery.
SightMD offers oculoplastic surgery consultations throughout Long Island. Complimentary visits can be booked in Garden City, Smithtown, and Riverhead. To schedule a consultation for an expert eyelid evaluation, patients can call – (631)265-8780.