Cosmetic & Reconstructive Oculoplastic Surgery
Our specialist in cosmetic and reconstructive oculoplastic surgery treats and corrects many conditions that affect the aesthetics or function of the eyes, eyelids, orbital region, and face. Some of these conditions develop as a result of a medical condition, injury, or even the normal aging process. Many of the conditions that affect the eyes or eyelids can be improved with surgical and non-surgical procedures.
Orbital Floor Fractures
The eye socket is a bony cup area that protects the eye. The rim of the socket is comprised of thick bones, while the orbital floor is comprised of thinner bones. An orbital floor fracture can occur when a force or blunt object strikes the face or head and causes the paper thin eye socket floor to crack or rupture. This can cause a small hole to form in the floor of the eye socket, trapping parts of the eye muscles. A person with an orbital floor fracture may be unable to move their eye or eyes normally and may experience double vision.
Severe orbital floor fractures require plastic and reconstructive surgery. Surgery involves removing bone fragments, freeing trapped eye muscles to eliminate double vision, restoring the normal architecture of the eye socket, and repair any deformities of the eye socket that affect its appearance.
A Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is performed to overcome blockage of the nasolacrimal duct- a bony canal that drains tears from the cornea of the eye into the nose and down the throat. A blockage of the nasolacrimal duct results in excessively watery and runny eyes.
For the DCR procedure, our surgeon makes a small incision midway between the corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose. The surgeon then locates the nasolacrimal duct and reconnects it to the mucus membranes in the nose for a new tear drainage pathway. Finally, tiny plastic tubes (stents) are placed in the new drainage pathway to prevent scarring. The tubes are removed after a few months.
Cosmetic Rejuvenation Treatments & Surgeries
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical treatment that smoothes away lines by relaxing the muscles that cause them to form. The facial areas that can be treated are the wrinkles between the brows, forehead and crows feet. When Botox is injected you will see dramatic results – and you will be able to get back to your normal activities right away. Typically, these results last from 4 to 6 months and are repeated to maintain the desired result.
BOTOX® for Hyperhidrosis (Severe Underarm Sweating)
BOTOX® is FDA-approved for severe underarm sweating (Hyperhidrosis ) that is not adequately managed with topical agents. BOTOX® treatment helps control this condition by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don't receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.
Dermal fillers can enhance contours, soften facial wrinkles and folds, add volume to lips, and give patients the youthful facial fullness they’ve been missing. Filler can offer many of the same benefits as a traditional surgical facelift or surgical fat transposition but at a decreased cost and with minimal downtime and risk. Results are immediate, and patients can return to work and social activities the same day with virtually no restrictions. Fillers are not permanent and do require periodic retreatment.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Resurfacing uses laser light to treat and improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and scarring for healthier-looking skin.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and can take from a few minutes to more than 90 minutes, depending on the amount of skin resurfacing desired.
To perform the procedure, the physician uses a laser to penetrate and remove a number of outer skin layers to uncover new, fresher skin unaffected by imperfections. Once the new layer of skin is exposed, the skin heals and appears younger and free of wrinkles, lines, and imperfections.
Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty) removes excess skin, fat, or muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. The surgery can also help improve drooping eyelids (ptosis), which causes the eyelids to hang low and blocks vision. The blepharoplasty procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia and takes up to three hours. During the surgery, incisions are made along the creases of the upper eyelid and along the outer lower rim of the eye skin. Excess fat, skin, or muscle is removed to improve the appearance and function of the eyelids and surrounding muscles.
Stitches remain in place for a week after the procedure and bruising and swelling will improve in about two weeks.
The Mid-face lift is ideal for individuals who experience sagging in the cheeks and nasolabial area of the face. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
During the surgery, several small surgical incisions are made across the hairline and inside of the mouth so that the fatty tissue layers in the affected area may be repositioned and lifted easily.
After the procedure, patients may experience bruising and swelling, but this generally subsides over the course of a few weeks.