Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
(Including Blepharoplasty, Ectropion, Entropion,
and Eyelid Ptosis)
Blepharoplasty, Ectropion or Entropion Repair, and
Eyelid Ptosis Repair are all reconstructive eyelid surgeries commonly
performed by oculoplastic surgeons such as Dr.
Hoenig, physicians with advanced training and specialization
in plastic surgery relating to the eyes and their surrounding structures.
As a general rule, insurance companies will cover part of the costs
of reconstructive eyelid surgery when the condition impairs your
ability to see, results from tumor
or trauma, or causes secondary conditions such as eye infection
or chronic irritation.
Excess upper eyelid skin hanging down over the eyelashes
may interfere with vision. The droopiness of the eyelids leads to
reflexive forehead wrinkling, headache from forehead muscle contraction,
and eye fatigue. If vision is not significantly impaired, blepharoplasty
is considered cosmetic eyelid
surgery and insurance coverage is not applicable. A simple 30-minute
operation by an oculoplastic surgeon remedies the problem by removing
the excess skin.
The lower eyelid turns outward causing redness, irritation,
watery eyes, infection, crusting, vision impairment, and damage
to the cornea (surface of the eye). This is usually a result of
facial aging, although injury, tumor, or Bells Palsy can also
cause ectropion. Repair of the supporting structures of the eyelid
by an oculoplastic surgeon easily corrects this problem.
The eyelid rolls in causing the eyelashes to rub against
the eye. Entropion is caused by laxity of the eyelid and/or spasm
of the eyelid muscle and may produce tearing, infection, vision
impairment, and damage to the cornea (surface of the eye). Repair
of the supporting structures of the eyelid by an oculoplastic surgeon
easily corrects this problem.
Ptosis Read Dr Hoenig's
latest press release about Eyelid Ptosis. Droopiness (ptosis)
or sagging of the upper eyelid caused by injury to the muscle, congenital
defect, muscle disorders, nerve disorders, or aging can obstruct
vision when severe and create a tired or aged appearance. Eyelid
ptosis may also cause excessive forehead wrinkling, headaches from
forehead muscle contraction, tipping back of the head to improve
vision, and eye fatigue. A simple 30-minute procedure by an oculoplastic
surgeon can correct this problem by repairing the muscle and supporting
If you are interested in learning more about reconstructive
eyelid surgery and facial reconstructive surgery, please feel free
to contact us for more information.
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