Cosmetic eye surgery, also known as oculoplastic surgery, is plastic and reconstructive surgery involving the soft tissue and bones surrounding the eyes, eyelids, tear ducts, and eye sockets. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery, in 2012 more than 150,000 eyelid procedures alone were performed. And while cosmetic eye procedures are growing in popularity, not all are elective.
According to Jen Will, MD, an oculoplastic surgeon at the UPMC Eye Center, “Many eyelid procedures are needed to protect the eyes or improve the patient’s vision. Reconstructive surgeries of the tear ducts, eyelids, and/or eye sockets are often done to manage the aging process or treat cancer or trauma.”
Common procedures include
- Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty/ptosis repair): Eyelid surgery is a common procedure to correct sagging of both the upper and lower eyelids. This procedure is done either as an elective cosmetic surgery or a medically necessary surgery if the droopy upper lids cause visual impairment.
- Ectropion/entropion repair: Entropion is the inward turn of your eyelid. Ectropion/Entropion repair is a common procedure that corrects the abnormal positioning of the lower eyelids as a result of disease or aging. These procedures are mostly medically necessary surgeries.
- Brow lifts: Brow lifts are performed on droopy eyebrows and can be lifted surgically or by using Botox.
- Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR): Dacryocystitis is an inflammation of the tear-producing gland most commonly caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The DCR procedure is the surgical repair of the blocked tear ducts.
- Intense Pulsed Light treatment (IPL): IPL is a non-surgical procedure used to treat pigmented spots, veins, red spots, and resurfacing of the skin of the face, including around the eyes.
- BOTOX®/Fillers: BOTOX® or other fillers are non-surgical options to treat wrinkles and volume loss of the face and area around the eyes.
If you are considering any of the above procedures, please consult a fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon.