Choosing an Eyelid Surgeon in the Inland Empire
At Pacific Eye Institute, we have a team of oculoplastic eye surgeons who are highly skilled ophthalmologists and specialize in all types of procedures that encompass the eyelids, tear ducts and more. Unlike many general plastic or cosmetic surgeons, they have in-depth knowledge of the delicate structures of the eye so they are particularly meticulous in protecting vision while also improving appearance and function.
Whether the surgery is desired for functional or cosmetic reasons, our team will ensure that you feel 100% confident in our expertise. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, will develop during our consultations. Two-way communication is important for developing this trust. We encourage you to ask as many questions that you can think of during every step of the process.
As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites for undergoing eyelid surgery. During the consultation, you will be examined and asked to answer questions concerning vision, tear production, use of lenses and your desires for surgery. Your surgeon will explain what you can expect from blepharoplasty and take a complete medical history. Factors to be weighed include age, skin type, ethnic background and degree of vision obstruction.
As we age, it is very common for eyelid skin to begin to sag. The skin in the eyelid areas is much thinner than the rest of your face and begins to loses elasticity, creating an excess of skin. In addition, as your eye muscles weaken, the skin around eyes can also sag, creating the appearance of bags under the eyes.
Drooping eyelids can cause you to look older, tired or even angry. This condition can also obstruct your vision. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, surgery by an oculoplastic surgeon may be the right option to rejuvenate your appearance.
The muscle that is responsible for holding the upper eyelid in place can also weaken over time causing the lid to droop, impairing vision and creating an unbalanced appearance. Surgery can tighten this muscle and raise the eyelid.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, improves the appearance of your eye area by removing excess skin and fatty deposits. This procedure can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids.
Insurance for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is done purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve vision or surgery for eye deformity or injury may be reimbursable in whole or in part by insurance. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance carrier for information on the degree of coverage.
Many eyelid surgery patients, who might not realize their eyelids were obstructing their vision, are amazed how eyelid surgery can open their visual field. As a bonus, eyelid surgery will enhance a more youthful appearance, making you look as young as you feel!
Other Common Eyelid Conditions
When the eyelids take on an abnormal position, this is called an eyelid malposition. The eye muscles may become weak due to aging, surgeries, injury, genetics or other reasons. This can cause:
- Ectropion: eyelid turning out, often occurring in the lower eyelid
- Entropion: eyelid turning in so eyelashes rub against the eye
Surgery can correct the position of the eyelids to provide relief from discomfort, light sensitivity, excessive tearing and many other physical symptoms.
Not all eyelid growths are serious, but you should have an eye doctor assess any type of bumps on your eyelids to rule out forms of skin cancer. Common types include:
- Xanthelasma: yellow-white bump on the eye caused by an accumulation of fat
- Chalazion: soft or firm lump on the middle of the eyelid caused by an obstruction of the meibomian gland
- Styes: small, painful lump filled with pus on the edge of the eyelid caused by an infected meibomian gland in the eye
- Basal cell carcinoma: shiny bump that increases in size and can break open and bleed/scab
- Squamous cell carcinoma: scaly, thick growths that do not heal
Thyroid Related Eye Disease
Thyroid eye disease occurs when the muscles and fat in your eye sockets become inflamed and swell. Anyone can develop this condition, especially if you have an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. It is commonly caused by an autoimmune disease that attacks the normal tissues in the thyroid gland and eyes. Medications, lubricating eye drops and ointments and other treatments can reduce these symptoms: bulging eyes, redness, dryness, grittiness, light sensitivity, pain and more.
The eye produces tears to keep it moist and this fluid drains through a passage called the nasolacrimal duct system. Sometimes this drainage system can become clogged, resulting in excessive tearing, acute infection and chronic inflammation. A new pathway can be surgically created that will alleviate symptoms and prevent further infections.
Skin Cancer and Chalazion Removal
There are many types of eyelid lesions that require different types of treatment. Some are benign in nature and others are cancerous in nature and may involve more in-depth treatment.
The eyelids contain oil glands that can become clogged. When this happens, it can cause a painful red bump. This can sometimes be resolved by applying warm compresses and antibiotic ointment. If the bump remains after treatment, it can be surgically drained and removed.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
This is the most common type of malignancy and is easily treated when detected early. It appears as a hard nodule with a pearly appearance. If left untreated, it can ulcerate the skin and invade surrounding tissues.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
While less common than basal cell carcinoma, this cancer can be very aggressive and spread quickly. It can appear as scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with a central depression or warts that crust over and bleed.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It most often starts on the skin but can progress to other parts of the body including the eyes. It can be life threatening if left untreated but with early detection and surgical intervention, there is an excellent survival rate.
Blepharospasm is a neurological condition that is characterized by the forcible closure of the eyelids. It is not life-threatening but can cause great difficulty when driving or performing normal daily activities. Botox® can be injected into the affected muscles to temporarily paralyze them and restore normal eyelid function.
Facial lines are inevitable as we grow older. Lines appearing between the eyebrows and on the forehead can make you look older, tired or even angry. These areas are especially susceptible to repeated muscle contractions; if those contractions are reduced, there will be a softening of the lines.
That’s where BOTOX Cosmetic treatments can help. BOTOX Cosmetic is comprised of purified botulinum toxin medication that can be injected into targeted muscles of the face, allowing those muscles to relax by blocking nerve impulses. The treatment is typically described as a pinching sensation and takes about 10 minutes (depending on the amount of treatment areas). There is no downtime so you can return to your normal routine immediately.
Most patients experience a more youthful, alert and refreshed appearance. The results often give patients a boost in self-confidence as well.
Why Choose Pacific Eye Institute for BOTOX Cosmetic?
Our oculoplastic specialists are licensed to provide BOTOX Cosmetic injections and have extensive training in protecting the delicate tissues surrounding the eyes. In order to achieve the safest and most natural-looking results, it is important to have this treatment performed by a professional who has in-depth knowledge of facial structures.