What is an Ocuploplastic Surgeon?

An oculoplastic surgeon has training in both Ophthalmology and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. The specialty of Oculoplastics is an art that combines the meticulous detailed microsurgical techniques of ophthalmology with the aesthetic understanding of plastic surgery.

Upper Eyelids

Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift, is a procedure to correct the sagging or drooping of the eyelids and the removal of excess fat, skin and muscle. As we age, it is common to see a difference in their eye area -- more laxity, bags below and above the eye; sometimes so much that the upper lid seems to disappear underneath the extra fatty area under the brow bone. Even with good skincare and eye care, wrinkles, puffiness and drooping eyelids will catch up to you. Genetic factors and body chemistry can cause these aging effects in younger people. Blepharoplasty can give a more youthful appearance to an otherwise older, more tired looking, face.

Blepharoplasty treats drooping eyelids, but not drooping eyebrows or wrinkles. Blepharoplasty is often performed with another cosmetic surgery such as a brow lift to improve droopy eyebrows, crow's feet, and facial sagging.

Blepharoplasty Candidacy:

The best candidates for blepharoplasty are physically healthy and are well informed about the surgery. Typically candidates are at least 35, though genetic factors may indicate treatment for younger people.

Candidates may be excluded if they have any of the following conditions:

  • dry eyes
  • high blood pressure
  • hypothyroidism
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • glaucoma
  • Graves' disease.

Your anatomy, including bone and supporting structure, may also affect your candidacy.

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