Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery for Droopy Eyelids
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids
As we age, the eyelid skin, just like other skin on the body, loses its elasticity and stretches. The orbital septum (the membrane that holds the normal fat that cushions the eye back) also loosens allowing the fat to come forward making the eyelid look heavy and bulky. Age and heredity are the main causes. However smoking, sun exposure, poor nutrition, seasonal allergies, manipulation of the eyelids during makeup removal or excessive stretching during contact lens insertion and removal also contribute to the problem. If your droopy upper eyelids are interfering with your vision, your medical insurance may help cover the cost.
Ptosis Repair is a surgical procedure to change the height of the eyelid
Not to be confused with removing excess skin and fatty tissue as in a Blepharoplasty procedure, the lid itself is actually lower than it should be. This can happen on one or both eyelids. The Levator muscle (the muscle that lifts the eyelid) gets weak so the lid itself droops down and may interfere with your vision.
There are many causes of ptosis including age-related weakening of the muscle (the most common cause), congenital weakness, trauma, or sometimes neurological disease. Children may be born with ptosis or may acquire it due to trauma or from neurological reasons. Ptosis Repair surgery is generally covered by your medical insurance if the eyelid is interfering with your vision.
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Why Choose an Ophthalmologist?
When choosing a doctor to perform your cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) for the removal of excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids, one has to decide between an ophthalmologist or another kind of surgeon.
While plastic surgeons work on all areas of the body, ENT doctors on ears, noses and throats, dermatologists on skin and oral surgeons on the mouth, ONLY ophthalmologists concentrate exclusively on the eyes and eyelids, which is different and unique from all other parts of the body. Also, if an uncommon complication occurs after eyelid surgery, other surgical specialists refer their patients to CarlinVision for care and treatment.