All About the Eyelid
Eyelid problems can happen to anyone, especially as we age. Whether your eyelids are having an effect on your vision, or you’re worried that loose, sagging skin around your eyes is making you look angry or tired, ongoing concerns about your eyelids can have a serious impact on your self-confidence.
Luckily, we have solutions! At The Aesthetic Center at Eye Centers of Florida, our Board Certified Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon, Allison Bertram Yee, M.D., has extensive experience performing all types of eyelid surgeries. We’ve put together this guide to walk you through our eyelid procedures, the conditions they treat, and the many ways our team at Eye Centers of Florida can help you look and feel your very best.
Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty
As we get older, our skin loses elasticity and our muscles begin to weaken, causing the eyelids to stretch and sag. This can sometimes be so severe that it obstructs vision! An upper blepharoplasty — surgery on the upper eyelid — is a procedure to remove excess tissue from the upper eyelids and create a more youthful, alert appearance.
Aging also causes volume loss in certain areas of the face, such as the hollows of the eyes. As gravity causes fat to shift downward, pockets or puffy “bags” can form beneath the eyes. A lower blepharoplasty removes excess skin and tissue to give the area under your eye a taut, youthful appearance.
Droopy Eyelid (Ptosis)
Ptosis refers to the drooping of the upper eyelid caused by the weakening of the levator muscle, which works to open and close the eyelid. While ptosis is normally age-related, it can also be a congenital condition, and the only way to repair the drooping caused by ptosis is through surgery.
Ptosis repair surgery tightens the levator muscle to raise the eyelid back to its natural position. Unlike upper blepharoplasty, which can be done for either medically necessary or cosmetic reasons, ptosis repair is almost always a functional procedure.
Ectropion and Entropion
Ectropion is a condition that causes the eyelid — usually the lower lid — to turn outward, exposing the cornea and inner eyelid. This can lead to irritation and infection, which in turn can cause vision loss in extreme cases.
Conversely, entropion occurs when the eyelid — again, usually the lower lid — turns inward. This causes the eyelashes to rub against the cornea, which can lead to discomfort, irritation, and eventually irreversible damage. Both entropion and ectropion can readily be repaired with specialized surgery.
Eyelid Surgery in Fort Myers, FL
Eyelid problems can be frustrating, unsightly, uncomfortable, and prohibitive to optimal quality of vision. Whether you’re struggling with an eyelid condition that’s affecting your quality of life, or interested in boosting your self-esteem with a rejuvenated, younger look, Dr. Yee and her team at The Aesthetic Center at Eye Centers of Florida are committed to bringing out your beauty and providing truly natural-looking results.