The eyes are the focal point of the face. Extra eyelid skin resulting in puffy, droopy lids can make us look older than we feel. Every year, approximately 100,000 people undergo a blepharoplasty or “eyelid lift” in the United States as an effective procedure to rejuvenate the appearance, and sometimes help vision. It involves removing excess skin and redistributing muscle or fat. Treatment options are always customized to each individual patient.
Forehead / Brow Lift
The forehead and eyebrow position is a crucial component to the upper eyelid position as well as the perception of periocular aging. A brow lift can reduce a heavy feeling in the forehead, and reduces the wrinkle lines that develop horizontally across the forehead, as well as those that occur on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes. A brow lift improves frown lines, the vertical creases that develop between the eyebrows, and raises sagging brows that are drooping over eyelids.
A droopy eyelid, or ptosis, is an aging change in some people that creates a sleepy eye look. It includes conditions such as ptosis, brow ptosis, and dermatochalasis, and in some cases can lead to impairment of vision. Additionally, the eyelid may turn in against the eye (entropion) or turn out away from the eye (ectropion), causing your eye to become red, dry and irritated.
Lumps, Bumps, and Tearing
Additional conditions that you may seek treatment for include skin tags, cysts, and nevi around the eyes. These can usually be removed in the office.
Due to frequent sun exposure, skin cancers are also common around the eyes. Differentiating benign from malignant (cancerous) skin lesions can be challenging, and best left to someone highly trained to diagnose and treat. Skin cancers are usually treated surgically.
A multitude of conditions may affect your lacrimal (tear) system, like inflammation, infections, tumors, or blockages. When your tear (nasolacrimal) duct is obstructed, a surgery called dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is performed to recreate a tear drainage system. Sometimes, a minimally invasive (endoscopic) approach is an option.
The Cheyenne Eye Clinic & Surgery Center offers many options for you to start looking and feeling more like yourself. Schedule a consultation and together we’ll discover what’s best for you.
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