Oculoplastic surgery, a specialized area of ophthalmology focused on the health of the eyelids, orbit, tear ducts and other structures around the eye, is often called oculofacial or ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. Oculoplastic surgery is used to treat conditions ranging from drooping eyelids and blocked tear ducts to orbital fractures and tumors of the eye. While oculoplastic surgery is often medically necessary, many people choose to have surgery for purely cosmetic reasons.
At SSM Health, our oculoplastic surgeons are dedicated to improving both the functionality and appearance of the eyes. Because the decision to have oculoplastic surgery is a personal one, our team takes the time to get to know each patient.
Conditions We Treat with Oculoplastic Surgery
Our oculoplastic surgeons provide care for patients of all ages with a variety of conditions, including:
- Ptosis: Drooping of the upper eyelid
- Entropion: The upper or lower eyelid turns inward, causing the skin and eyelashes to rub against the eye
- Ectropion: The lower eyelid sags and turns out, resulting in exposure of the eyeball
- Eyelid growths: Benign or malignant growths on the eyelid or face
- Brow ptosis: Drooping of the eyebrow
- Blepharoptosis: Excess eyelid skin or extra fat above and below the eyes
- Obstructed tear ducts: Blockage of the tear ducts from birth or caused by injury or illness and other problems with tear production
- Tumors: Benign or malignant tumors of the eye, eyelid or orbit
- Injuries: Trauma that affects the eye, eyelid or orbit
Our team also offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services to address the signs on aging, like fine lines and wrinkles and sagging around the eyes.
Oculoplastic Procedures & Treatments
The most common procedures we perform include:
- Blepharoplasty and eyelid ptosis surgery, known as a lid lift
- Brow lift surgery
- Lower eyelid repositioning surgery
- Reconstruction after skin cancer surgery
- Orbital fracture evaluation and repair
- Orbital tumor surgery
- Cosmetic surgery of the upper and lower eyelids
- Cosmetic facelift surgery
- Injectables and facial fillers
Excess eyelid skin and lowering of the eyebrows can make you look older, tired and/or distressed. While this occurs as a part of aging for many people, upper eyelid heaviness and drooping skin can also occur at an early age. More than just a cosmetic problem, this change in facial structure can gradually affect your vision, as the excess skin may reduce your peripheral vision or cause issues with overall eye health.
A blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as a lid lift, is a common oculoplastic procedure. The goal of a lid lift is to remove the excess skin from the upper or lower eyelids, reducing the “baggy” appearance around the eyes and restoring any lost function.
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Whether you require medically necessary care or are hoping to enhance your appearance, SSM Health oculoplastic surgeons are dedicated to quality care and great outcomes.