Oculoplastic surgery describes any type of surgery performed around the eyes. It includes procedures performed on the eyelids, orbits (eye sockets), tear ducts and parts of the face. Oculoplastic surgery can be cosmetic or medically necessary. It all depends on the unique situation.
Who Performs Oculoplastic Surgery?
An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist who has undergone further training in plastic surgery. They can diagnose and treat abnormalities and deformities of the eyelids, orbits and neighboring structures. They can also treat injuries, tumors and diseases.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery, and it is one of the most common types of plastic surgeries performed in the world. If is especially popular with older people and Asians. Blepharoplasty can be cosmetic or medically necessary.
As people age, their upper or lower eyelids can start to droop. In mild cases, this simply makes the patient look tired all the time; in severe cases, the drooping eyelids can obscure vision. In some cases, the sagging eyelids can make the eyelashes turn inward and irritate the eye, a painful condition called entropion.
During a blepharoplasty procedure, the surgeon can remove excess skin and tissue and tighten the muscles. The results of the procedure can last around five to seven years, and the procedure itself onto takes about one to two hours.
Other Types of Oculoplastic Surgery Procedures
There are many other types of oculoplastic surgery procedures, and they include the following:
• Other types of eyelid surgery to correct conditions like ectropion, entropion and eyelid tumors
• Pediatric surgery to correct eye disorders and congenital defects in children
• Reconstructive surgery to repair damage caused by injury
• Procedures to remove cancers or tumors around the eyes
Oculoplastic surgeons can also perform non-surgical procedures. Most oculoplastic procedures can be done in the comfort of our office. The patient will usually be given a local anesthetic, and they may also be given an intravenous sedative. It all depends on the unique needs of the patient, the work that needs to be done and other factors.
Find Out More Information
To learn more about how oculoplastic surgery can benefit you, make an appointment with Dr. Hester at Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington. Dr. Hester is proud to be one of the area’s most skilled and trusted eyelid surgeons. Let him be your guide as you determine if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgeries. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.