What is Oculoplastics?

Oculoplastic surgery is a type of surgery performed to improve the appearance or function of the eye area. It uses plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques for the eyelids, tear ducts, and orbital area. Such plastic surgery procedures may include:

  • Blepharoplasty, or ptosis eyelid surgery to reduce excess skin or address sagging or drooping eyelids for a youthful look and/or improved vision. 
  • Browlift to return the eyebrows to a natural and youthful position. This cosmetic procedure is often performed alongside blepharoplasty. 
  • Removal of tumors from the eyelids or eye area, including styes, skin tags, or even skin cancers. 
  • Ectropion or entropion surgery to correct the position of the eyelids. 

Who is a Candidate for Oculoplastic Surgery?

Most patients who see sagging or droopy eyelids, also known as “ptosis” or “dermatochalasis,” are good candidates for oculoplastic procedures. The best surgical procedures depend on the specific symptoms or concerns of each patient. For example, a patient with excess eyelid skin who experiences a smaller field of vision or is bothered cosmetically is likely a good candidate for a blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift.  Patients with other eyelid abnormalities can benefit from repositioning or other repair.

During a consultation at Boston Vision, an ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon will review your symptoms and medical history to recommend the best cosmetic surgery procedure options for you.

Recovery After Oculoplastic Surgery 

Recovery after oculoplastic surgery varies depending on the specific procedure you have. Generally, you can expect a few weeks of swelling and redness in the eye area throughout the healing process. Patients; however, will not require prescription pain medication as they will be quite comfortable through the recovery period. Typically, oculoplastic surgery patients can return to normal activities after just a few days. 

Nonsurgical Cosmetic Options

Oculoplastic surgeons can also perform noninvasive cosmetic procedures, specifically injections using Botox or facial fillers. These are used to reduce wrinkles or fine lines around the eye area. Botox can be used to reduce drooping in the eyebrows or to smooth dynamic wrinkles, which are formed through repetitive facial expressions like smiling or scowling. Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm, work to boost volume that is commonly lost over time. These can be used to smooth wrinkles and lines or fill in hollows or dark circles below the eyes. Injections can be completed quickly and require no downtime. 



Schedule an Appointment 

To learn more about oculoplastic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic procedures, schedule your appointment today. To schedule your appointment, book an appointment online or give us a call at 617-202-2020.

Oculoplastics/Cosmetic procedures are available at all our locations: Brookline, Milford, Medford, Lawrence, Wellesley, and Andover.

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