Although some may not expect to see a plastic surgeon on staff, we at HVES know that some feel they could benefit from an Oculoplastic Surgeon's touch.

An Oculoplastic Surgeon is an ophthalmologist who has completed rigorous additional training in plastic and reconstructive surgical techniques as it relates to the eye and surrounding structures. These surgeons specialize in treating disorders such as thyroid eye disease, ocular trauma, malfunctioning tear ducts, the presence of skin cancers around the eyelid. Most commonly, our doctors treat Blepharoplasty and Ptosis, helping hundreds of happy patients.

Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty, is a surgery which removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids, a condition called dermatochalasis. Patients with dermatochalasis often find that their eyelid skin folds, making their eyes look tired and blocking their field of view.

Surgery is performed by making external incisions along the natural skin lines of the eyelids, such as the creases of the upper lids and below the lashes of the lower lids, or from the inside surface of the lower eyelid. These techniques allow for proper repositioning of the eyelids while hiding any evidence of a surgical procedure.

Blepharoplasty may be covered by insurance if the skin folds are causing direct obstruction of central vision.

Ptosis
Ptosis repair is a surgery which corrects drooping of the eyelid itself (ptosis), as opposed to heaviness of the skin. Patients with ptosis complain of obstructed or hooded vision, or fatigue in their eyelids.

Ptosis repair raises the eyelid by adjusting the connection between the eyelid and the muscle that lifts it (levator palpebrae superioris, or levator for short). An incision is made either in the eyelid skin crease or on the undersurface of the eyelid, depending on the type and degree of ptosis. Through this incision, the levator muscle is reattached to the eyelid. In most patients, the surgery simply recreates the same connection that used to exist before gravity and age stretched it.

Ptosis repair is usually covered by insurance because the eyelids are directly obstructing vision.