An Effective Way to Address Eyelid Issues
Your eyelids play an important role in your ocular health, helping protect your eyes from injury, infections, and the sun. A combination of skin, muscles, glands and other tissues work together to keep your eyes functioning at their best. Age and other conditions can affect how well your eyelids function and appear.
Our surgery center offers treatments to help improve the appearance and function of your eyelids. Our ophthalmologists can address droopy eyelids, excess skin, and skin folds. Learn more about our surgical process and contact us if you’re interested in eyelid surgery.
Issues That Affect Your Eyelids
Age and other conditions can affect the muscles and skin of your eyelids. The connective tissues around your eyelid can lose elasticity, leading to a droopy or puffy appearance. Any changes to your eyelids are typically cosmetic and harmless, but there is the possibility that problems affect your vision.
Some common eyelid-related problems include:
- Ptosis: A condition where the upper eyelid droops over the eye to varying degrees
- Entropion: A condition where the eyelid turns inward, causing the eyelashes & skin to rub against the eye
- Ectropion: A condition where the eyelid turns outward, leaving the inner eye surface exposed
- Dermatochalasis: A condition where there is excess skin along or around the upper or lower eyelid
- Festoons: A condition where skin folds develop below the eyelids
These conditions can affect your eyelids to varying degrees. Even if a condition only affects the appearance of your eyelids, it can impact your quality of life. When eyelid conditions disrupt your vision or confidence, blepharoplasty can help.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgery used to treat eyelid problems, including droopiness and skin folds. The overall surgical process involves the removal of excess skin, fat, or muscle. Your ophthalmologist may tighten the levator muscle that helps lift your eyelids if you have drooping eyelids.
During surgery, your ophthalmologist cuts along the natural fold of your eyelid. They then remove excess fat or other tissue or tighten the levator muscle. The incision is closed with small stitches, eventually leaving a barely noticeable scar.
The overall procedure lasts between 1–3 hours, depending on the specifics of your case. Your ophthalmologist will provide aftercare instructions for you to follow. Additionally, you will have follow-up appointments to ensure your eyelids are healing well.
We’re Here to Help
If eyelid problems affect your vision or confidence, we can help improve your quality of life. Speaking with your doctor can help determine if you’re a candidate for eyelid surgery.
Contact us if you’re interested in eyelid surgery or have questions about blepharoplasty. We’re here to help you feel confident in your final decision.
- 2060 Charlie Hall Blvd #301
- Charleston, SC 29414
- Phone: 843-571-4800
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- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
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- Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
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