Eyelid Plastic Surgery, also known as Oculoplastic Surgery, is a general term that encompasses reconstructive procedures that are performed on the upper and lower eyelids, and other tissues surrounding the eyes. An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist (medical eye doctor) who has undergone additional surgical training in eyelid plastic surgery. The skin surrounding the eye is very delicate. Extra care is required when performing procedures with close proximity to the eye. The outcome of eyelid surgery must be functional, aesthetically pleasing, and symmetrical in appearance. For these reasons, eyelid surgery is best performed by an eye doctor with specialized training, expertise and experience in eyelid plastic surgery. Dr. Victor is both a board certified ophthalmologist as well as a fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon who has been performing eyelid surgery for over 35 years.
When people think of the term "eyelid surgery" often they are referring to one type of eyelid procedure, blepharoplasty, that is performed to correct droopy eyelids due to excess eyelid skin. In reality, there are many procedures that fall under the category of oculoplastic surgery. These other procedures are introduced below. Click on the link to learn more about each of these conditions.
Ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelids over the eyes caused by a weakening of the muscles in the eyelid. Ptosis can occur in one or both eyes. The corrective procedure is called Ptosis Repair.
Entropion is when the eyelid turns inward, causing the eye lashes to rub against the eye. Ectropion is when the eyelid turns down and outward, exposing the eye and causing dryness and irritation. Entropion and Ectropion most often occur on the lower eyelid.
The eyelids and surrounding areas of the face can receive significant amounts of exposure to the damaging ultra violet rays of the sun if not properly protected. It is not uncommon to find lesions on and around the eyelids, both cancerous and benign. Early detection and prompt surgical removal of cancerous lesions will help to keep the cancer from spreading. Benign lesions such as skin tags and cysts are not harmful, but can be removed easily with an in-office procedure if they are bothersome or cosmetically unappealing.
If you are concerned about any of these conditions, please call our office at 623-977-9000 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Victor to learn about treatment plans for your specific situation.