Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

With surgery we can correct many cosmetic defects of the eyelid, reducing the appearance of puffy or saggy skin. As we age, the delicate skin around the eyes stretches, muscles weaken, and the normal deposits of protective fat around the eye bulge. Fortunately, there are safe and effective surgical procedures to address these issues.

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Blepharoplasty
This surgical procedure removes eyelid tissue (skin, muscle or fat). It can be performed on both upper and lower eyelids. Sometimes excess upper eyelid tissue obstructs the upper visual field or can weigh down the eyelid and produce tired-feeling eyes. Surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and takes one to three hours. Upper lid incisions are made in the natural crease of the lid, and lower lid incisions are made just below the eyelash line. Incisions are closed with fine sutures.

Ectropion
This condition is an outward turning of the lower lid, commonly caused by aging, although eyelid burns or skin disease may also be the cause. Normally, the eyelids help lubricate and cleanse the eye during blinking. An eyelid that droops and has lost contact with the eye can cause dry eyes, excessive tearing, redness and sensitivity to light and wind. Surgery can tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position.

Entropion
This is an inward turning of the eyelid and lashes, usually caused by relaxation of the aging eye muscles and tissue. Entropion more commonly affects the lower lid. The skin and eyelashes rub against the eye and cause discomfort and tearing, and the irritated eye can produce mucous or become red and sensitive. If entropion is not treated, rubbing of the skin and eyelashes can cause infection or scarring of the eye, and result in vision loss. Surgery can tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position.

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