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What Is Oculoplastic Surgery?

By dustinheringer on June 02, 2015


A woman's eye seen up closeHere at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery, we believe that a little adjustment can go a long way. That's why so many patients in the Scottsdale area put their trust in us and out ability to improve the overall quality of their appearance. Offering advanced rejuvenation techniques as well as facial reconstructive surgery, we are able to meet diverse needs of all patients.

We've been getting a lot of questions lately about oculoplastic surgery. Let's define the term and discuss how it may be beneficial to you.

Making the Eye Area a Primary Focus

Oculoplastic surgery refers to facial procedures that enhance the eye area, particularly the upper eyelids and the lower eyelids. By doing this, patients are able to look younger and more rejuvenated, making oculoplastics an ideal option for anti-aging needs. Oculoplastics can also be performed to improve a person's overall quality of vision and ability to see, making this a versatile and useful form of surgical focus.

The upper eyelids and lower eyelids can both be targeted through oculoplastics, so let's take a moment to consider both right now.

Treatments for the Upper Eyelids

There are two common surgeries for the upper eyelids with regard to oculoplastic surgery:

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery to Reduce Sagging and Drooping – With advanced age, it's not uncommon for the upper eyelids to droop or sag. In some cases, the upper eyelid sags so much that it actually obscures a patient's vision. The upper eyelid surgery in this case will remove excess skin and improve the overall appearance of the upper eyelids while also removing any obstructions in the field of vision.

  • Upper Eyelid surgery to Create an Additional Fold – Some patients, particularly those of Asian descent, often lack a fold in their upper eyelid. This gives their eyes a narrower appearance, which can potentially affect their vision. By creating an upper eyelid fold through oculoplastic surgery, patients will notice a change in their facial appearance and potential improvement in their field of vision.

Candidacy for these surgeries can be determined during a consultation at the practice.

Treatments for the Lower Eyelids

When it comes to treating the lower eyelids through oculoplastic surgery, the primary focus is removing bags under the eyes, reducing the appearance of circles under the eyes, and even filling hollows beneath the eyes. All of these surgeries tend to be purely aesthetic in nature, and help patients look younger and more refreshed.

Candidacy for lower eyelid surgery can be determined during a consultation at the practice.

Effective Oculoplastics Can Make a Major Difference

The old adage is that the eyes are the window of the soul, and they are also often the keys to a good first impression. By undergoing upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery, patients are able to look far better and feel more confident about how they look and how others look at them.

If you have issues with your eye area that you would like to have addressed, we encourage you to meet with our team to find out if oculoplastic surgery is right for you.

Learn More About Skin Care and Facial Plastic Surgery

For more information about oculoplastics as well as your many other options for advanced enhancement and rejuvenation of your face, be sure to contact our facial plastic surgery center today. The entire team at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery will work carefully to ensure the best results possible.

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