Plastic and Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
As we age, the shape of our eyelids changes, impacting vision, comfort and appearance. Common eyelid changes include excess eyelid skin, droopy eyelids or eyelids that turn in our outward. These conditions can cause discomfort, impact vision and affect appearance. Fortunately, there are common treatments that can improve health and appearance.
Blepharoplasty - Upper Lids
Used to remove excess or redundant skin (dermatochalasis)from the upper eyelids that can restrict or block vision. This procedure can improve peripheral vision as well as appearance. Insurance may cover this procedure if vision is affected.
Ptosis is a condition in which the eyelid muscle stretches or weakens causing the position of the upper eyelid to be lower than normal. Surgery to tighten this muscle can improve vision and appearance. If vision is significantly affected by ptosis, the surgery may be covered by insurance.
“Bags” Under the Eyes
In the lower eyelids, prominence of the naturally occurring fat around the eye causes the lid to look puffy or baggy. While this does not interfere with vision, it often gives the illusion of looking older than one’s age. A procedure (blepharoplasty) can be performed on the lower eyelids to reduce the appearance of bags and restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes.
Entropion is an inward turning of the eyelid and occurs due to age and weakening eyelid muscles. Entropion can also be a result of other surgeries or trauma. When the eyelid turns inward the lid and lashes rub against the eye causing redness, irritation, tearing, and scarring. This can be corrected with surgery to turn the eyelid outward to its normal position.
Age may cause a stretching of the lower eyelid causing the lid to droop and/or turn outward called an Ectropion. Ectropion can cause irritation, excessive dryness, redness and sensitivity. Surgery usually restores the normal position of the eyelid to improve these symptoms and is covered by insurance.