Excess and sagging eyelid skin is a common condition that develops as people age. Medically known as Dermatochalasis, this condition can narrow a person’s field of vision. At Miami Eye Center, Dr. Selem can perform Blepharoplasty to remove this excess skin and expand your restricted visual field. Blepharoplasty is a type of plastic surgery used to remove excess skin and fat from around the eyes. Lower blepharoplasty, used to eliminate bags under the eyes, can be performed during the same procedure if desired. In addition to limiting your visual field, Dermatochalasis can also produce a sagging, tired appearance. Blepharoplasty addresses these cosmetic concerns as well, so patients will look refreshed and more youthful after this procedure.
|How do I know if I need Blepharoplasty?|
|Narrowed Visual Field||Excess upper eyelid tissue can narrow your visual field. The severity of this condition and whether you need blepharoplasty can be determined by lifting the upper lids with your fingers. If your upper visual field improves or vision brightens, you may be a good candidate for this procedure.|
|Visual Field Test||A formal visual field test may be helpful to determine the severity of your Dermatochalasis and whether this condition is hindering your eyesight as well.|
|Symptoms||Other symptoms may include brow ache and fatigue. Occasionally, the excess skin causes eyelashes to turn inward and irritate the eye.|
A consultation with an ophthalmologist is important because upper blepharoplasty can affect the function and lubrication of the eye. Although other surgeons may perform blepharoplasty, an ophthalmologist is the only surgeon trained specifically to treat the eye, therefore, Dr. Selem is uniquely qualified to help you decide whether you should consider this surgery to improve your Dermatochalasis.
The amount of skin and fat to be removed is determined before surgery, and incision lines are marked along natural skin creases. Incision lines generally extend into the “crow’s feet” or “smile lines” at the outer edge of the eye. Once recovery is complete, the incision lines are less visible because they are camouflaged by these creases. During surgery, excess eyelid skin and fat is removed, your Dermatochalasis is corrected, and the incisions are sutured closed. Local or general anesthesia can be used depending on your individual preference and health factors, ensuring that patients are comfortable throughout the entire procedure.
Results following surgery are usually successful, both functionally and cosmetically. A patient’s visual field is drastically improved, and they appear younger, refreshed, and rested following blepharoplasty. As with all surgical procedures, some risk is of course involved, but blepharoplasty is relatively safe when performed by an experienced Ophthalmologist. Individual results will depend on the extent of corrective work, your skin structure and healing process, hereditary factors, age, and other unique physical characteristics.
At Miami Eye Center, Dr. Joseph Selem will meet with you during your private consultation to assess your individual situation. Dr. Selem can help you decide if blepharoplasty in Miami is right for you. See the beauty in yourself and the world around you in crisp, clear detail today! Request an appointment online or call Dr. Joseph Selem and the staff at Miami Eye Center at 305-444-0221 to schedule your private consultation.