Oculofacial Plastic Surgery

Eye Treatment Center

Board Certified Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in Long Beach, CA

Oculofacial plastic surgery procedures are cosmetic and medical treatments that focus on the eye and face. At Eye Treatment Center, the experienced ophthalmologists offer both plastic surgery procedures like blepharoplasty, surgery for drooping lids and eyelid malpositions and nonsurgical options such as chemical peels, Botox®, and dermal fillers. Learn more about the treatment options for facial rejuvenation by calling the Long Beach, California, office or booking online today.

Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Q & A

What is oculofacial plastic surgery?

Not only are your eyes the “window to the world,” but they are also one of the most noticeable features on your face. Many initial impressions are based on the appearance of your eyes and the surrounding tissues. Not only are the eyelids and surrounding tissue important aspects of your overall appearance, but their proper function is necessary for good eye health. Oculofacial plastic surgery includes any surgery in and around your eyes.

These can include:

Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery that treats your upper lids, lower lids, or both. If you have drooping upper lids that make your eyes look heavy, or if your lids droop and interfere with your eyesight, an upper blepharoplasty could help. If you have “bags” under your eyes, a lower blepharoplasty could help you look younger by removing or repositioning the fatty tissue and by removing or tightening excess skin. 

Eyelid malposition surgery

Eyelid malposition surgery repositions or even reconstructs eyelids when they’re interfering with your eye health or vision, or causing excessive tearing or discomfort. Patients may have entropion (a condition where the eyelid turns in), or ectropion (a condition where the eyelid turns out). This can lead to discomfort because the lashes may rub against the surface of the eye, or a person may experience excessive tearing or dryness due to exposure. 

These conditions can usually be successfully treated with surgery. Excessive tearing is another problem that brings many people into the Eye Treatment Center office. There may be multiple factors contributing to the tearing, and the team is experienced in medical and surgical treatments to improve this bothersome issue.

Ptosis surgery 

If the eyelid itself is droopy, this condition is called ptosis. It can appear at birth with certain medical conditions, or it may develop with age or after eye surgery. This may lead to visual impairment. Ptosis surgery elevates the eyelid, and can be performed to improve vision, increase symmetry between the two eyes and improve one's appearance. In some cases, both ptosis surgery and a blepharoplasty may be necessary. 

Thyroid Eye Disease

The Eye Treatment Center provides care for people with thyroid disease, which can cause multiple eye problems, including significant changes in one's appearance, double vision, dry eyes, secondary glaucoma, or in severe cases, vision loss. There is a multitude of treatment options, and they are tailored to each patient’s individual condition. 

Treatments range and can include using prisms for double vision, using punctal plugs and/or drops to alleviate dry eye symptoms, removing the bones around the eye, or performing eyelid surgery to restore one's appearance or prevent vision loss.  

Eyelid Reconstruction 

Eye Treatment Center also treats skin cancers involving the eyelids, often working in close conjunction with a Moh's surgeon. After clearance of the cancer is achieved, your provider will reconstruct the residual defect with the goal of achieving the best functional and cosmetic outcome. Whether you need a minor surgical correction or full eyelid reconstruction, the skilled Eye Treatment Center ophthalmologists can help.

What is the downtime after oculoplastic surgery?

In most cases, oculoplastic surgery is an outpatient procedure. But because it’s a surgical procedure, you may need to rest at home for anywhere from a few days to a week, according to your surgeon’s instructions.

What kinds of nonsurgical cosmetic treatments do you offer?

Eye Treatment Center offers nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to give you virtually instant results, such as:

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers like Belotero®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® are injectable products that can restore volume in your face. In some cases, dermal fillers can treat under-eye hollows effectively and allow you to delay or avoid surgery. 

Dermal fillers can also treat facial volume loss in the cheeks, lower face, and lips. Fillers can last for anywhere from 6-24 months, depending on the particular formula and your treatment location.

Botulinum toxins 

Botox, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau™ are wrinkle-reducing injectables that are ideal for fine lines and wrinkles between your eyebrows (the glabellar area), on your forehead, and in the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet).

This treatment works by reducing muscle movement temporarily, which in turn relaxes the skin containing the wrinkles. Botox lasts for three to four months in most patients. 

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are facial rejuvenation treatments that remove the uppermost layers of dead skin cells, debris, and dirt from your face. Peels include substances like fruit acids that induce natural exfoliation to reveal the fresh young skin below. 

Chemical peels can help your face look younger and smoother, and they’re also effective for some scars and facial discoloration. Your Eye Treatment Center provider can help you decide which nonsurgical solutions can help.

Call Eye Treatment Center or schedule an appointment using the online scheduler around the clock.