Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
Oculoplastics, also known as ophthalmic plastic surgery, includes several cosmetic and reconstructive surgical techniques used to treat the eyelids, tear ducts, face, and eye sockets. While the primary purpose of most these treatments is to improve vision and ocular health, many can provide an aesthetic enhancement as well. We will take careful note of your needs and goals to help you achieve comfort, improved vision, and favorable aesthetic results whenever possible.
Blepharoplasty is the surgical refinement of the eyelids to improve vision and facial aesthetics. This treatment can raise drooping eyelids, reduce sagging skin below the eyes, and eliminate fat deposits in both the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty is effective in correcting eyelids that obstruct vision, as well as providing patients with a refreshed, alert appearance.
Like blepharoplasty, brow lifting has both practical and cosmetic benefits. While the procedure can certainly give you a more youthful appearance, it can also correct obstruction of peripheral vision. Your doctor will develop an individualized treatment plan to raise drooping forehead muscles and skin to give you a smoother brow and restore your field of vision.
Drooping upper eyelids can compromise your field of vision, your quality of life, and your appearance. Ptosis is most frequently the result of aging, but it can also be a symptom of other health conditions such as myasthenia gravis, cancer, or Horner syndrome. We typically use techniques like those used in blepharoplasty to treat ptosis.
Entropion occurs when the eyelid turns inward, rubbing against the eye and causing significant irritation. Ectropion causes the eyelid to turn out, exposing the white of the eye to debris and bacteria. Surgery is usually the best way to treat both of these conditions. Your doctor will create a tiny incision before tightening the eyelid to relieve discomfort.
A blocked tear duct can result in watery eyes, irritation, infections, and mucus discharge. Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is typically the most effective and long-lasting treatment option. During this surgery, the doctor will create a new drainage channel for tears between the nasal cavity and lacrimal sac.
A stye looks like a tiny pimple on the eyelid, and it occurs when bacteria becomes trapped inside an oil gland. A chalazion presents as a small, waxy bump on the eyelid, and can also occur as a result of a blocked oil gland. Both conditions can clear up on their own, or they can be treated with medication or lancing. In other cases, surgery may be necessary.
We perform cancer biopsies when patients have suspect lesions on their eyelids. If you test positive, we will refer you to a dermatologist specializing in oncology who will remove the cancerous cells and provide other necessary treatment. When it is determined that all cancerous cells are gone, you will return to our office, where our surgeons will perform precise eyelid reconstruction surgery.
Thyroid eye disease causes the muscles and soft tissues in the eye socket to swell, which can cause the eyes to bulge. In some cases, the back of the eye becomes compressed, causing discomfort and loss of vision.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can minimize fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, and BOTOX® Medical has proven effective in the treatment of neurological conditions such as blepharospasm. Dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® can fill in deep lines around the mouth and nose. Laser skin resurfacing removes the old, damaged layers of skin and spurs collagen growth for rejuvenated skin.
Enucleation, or eye removal, may be the best treatment for blind, painful eyes that no longer serve a purpose. Evisceration involves removing the inside of the eye, while leaving the muscles and outer structure intact. Exenteration can involve the removal of the eye, eyelid, and surrounding tissues when an aggressive tumor is present in or around the eye socket.
Orbital fractures usually occur because of a blow to the face. They affect bones surrounding the eye, and can result in double vision. In other cases, the eye muscle can become caught in the fracture, obstructing movement. Surgical treatment involves freeing the muscle and, in some cases, reconstructing the eye socket.
Blepharospasm and hemifacial spasms are similar conditions that cause uncontrollable muscle movement. Blepharospasm typically affects only the eyea, while hemifacial spasms can involve an entire side of the face. Bell’s palsy is usually a temporary condition that causes severe muscle weakness and drooping of the eye and mouth. We offer various treatments for these conditions, including medication and surgery.