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What is Causing Your Drooping Eyelid?

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Tue, Apr 23, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

ptosisPtosis or blepharoptosis are the medical terms used to describe a drooping eyelid.  In the condition, the lower portion of the top eyelid begins to sag or droop, possibly to the point of vision interference.  The condition can leave patients feeling self-conscious about their appearance while also inhibiting their ability to see clearly.  It can even to lead to safety concerns, particularly during certain vision-based activities such as driving. 

Causes of a Drooping Eyelid

A sagging eyelid is not always the result of age.  In fact, there are many conditions which can result in this type of drooping, including:

Congenital Ptosis

As the name suggests, congenital ptosis is a condition that is present from birth.  It is due to underdevelopment of the muscles responsible for maintaining the eyelid’s position.  In the vast majority of cases, congenital ptosis affects only a single eye.  Depending on the severity of the condition and potential vision interference, surgical repair may be required.

Aponeurotic Ptosis

When a sagging eyelid is the result of age, it is known as aponeurotic ptosis.  As we grow older, all skin begins to lose its elasticity, including the skin surrounding the eyes.  Thanks to time and gravity, eyelids may begin to droop more and more.  This drooping may be bilateral, or it may be worse on one side.

Nerve Injury

Muscle movements are controlled by nerves that transmit signals from the brain.  When injury affects these nerves, it can result in weakness or paralysis of the muscles they control.  Situations which may impact the nerves responsible for the eyelid include stroke, diabetes, brain tumor and brain aneurysm.

Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is a rare medical disorder that impacts the way muscles receive and respond to information from nerves.  Over time, the affected muscles may become weaker and sagging can result.  This condition may affect not only the eyelids, but other facial muscles, extremities, and other body parts as well.

Muscle Disease

Ptosis can also be the result of one of two forms of muscle disease.  The first, oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, leads to progressive weakness of muscles in the upper eyelids and throat.  It is a rare disorder that most often begins between the ages of 40 and 60.  The second is a condition most often seen in early adulthood called progressive external ophthalmoplegia.  It is characterized by loss of muscle function in the eye an eyelid and can lead to paralysis of the eye and drooping of the eyelid.

 

Treating a Drooping Eyelid

Treatment for a drooping eyelid will depend on the underlying cause.  However, in the case of aponeurotic ptosis, the most common cause of drooping eyelids in adults, a simple surgical procedure known as blepharoplasty can help.  For the best and safest results, this procedure is best performed by a skilled ophthalmologist who has intimate knowledge and extensive education surrounding the delicate eye area.  To learn more about this procedure, click below to request a consultation with Eye Specialists of Louisiana.

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Blepharoplasty in Baton Rouge: Who Should Have it and What are the Benefits?

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

Eyelid surgery.jpegBlepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance and / or function of the eye area.  Due to problems such as excess skin, fatty deposits, or muscle tissue of the upper or lower lids, the eyes may begin to look aged or vision may even become obstructed.

Americans are increasingly turning to blepharoplasty to fix these issues, at the rate of about 100,000 per year.  And, the procedure’s popularity is only expected to grow.  Of course, these thousands of procedures don't necessarily mean that the surgery is right for you.  That is a determination that can only be made by yourself and your eye surgeon after careful consideration of factors such as your medical history and the surgery’s benefits.

Determining if you are a Candidate for Blepharoplasty

While your surgeon will speak with you in far greater detail regarding blepharoplasty and if it is a good fit for you, there are a few factors that you may want to begin considering prior to your consultation. In general, the qualities that make someone suitable for blepharoplasty include:

  • Realistic Expectations - While you should expect an improved appearance and more youthful look, it is important to understand that your surgeon will aim to keep your eyes looking as fresh and natural as possible. A change that is too drastic can lead to complications or an appearance of having had “work done.”
  • Non-Smoker - If you are a smoker, blepharoplasty may not be right for you. While you may be able to have the surgery after quitting or cutting back significantly, you should know that smoking can lead to complications and delayed healing.
  • Good Health - It's logical that an eye infection or disease could prevent one from receiving blepharoplasty. However, any condition that is negatively impacting your health and ability to heal will be taken into account when determining your candidacy.
  • Concerned with the Right Issues - Some patients may want blepharoplasty to correct issues such as crow’s feet or drooping eyebrows. However, these are issues that require completely different procedures, and in some cases, such concerns could even be worsened by the surgery.

 Benefits of Blepharoplasty

For those patients for whom the surgery is deemed a good fit, the benefits of blepharoplasty are numerous. While many seek out receiving this surgery for its aesthetic function, there are some situations where a blepharoplasty serves medical purposes as well. Benefits can include:

  • Improved vision through removal of eyelid obstruction
  • Disappearance or reduction of fine lines of the lower lid
  • Less visible eye bags
  • Reduction of migraines caused by strained vision
  • More youthful and refreshed appearance

 If you would like to know if blepharoplasty is right for you, set up a consultation with an eye surgeon that is experienced in performing the procedure. The professionals at Eye Specialists of Louisiana are fully equipped to answer any inquiries or concerns about receiving the operation and to determine if it is your best option.

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What is Blepharoplasty?: Common Questions About Eyelid Surgery in Baton Rouge

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 02:27 PM

eyelid surgery questions.jpegThough they are easily taken for granted, your eyelids are responsible for a lot from day-to-day.  They allow your eyes to open wide or shut tight, protect them from harm, and help them stay lubricated.  However, there are times when the eyelids can become bothersome, whether functionally or cosmetically.  In some cases, puffy or drooping eyelids interfere with vision or leave you feeling less than pleased with their appearance.  In these instances, eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is often the most effective solution.  Of course, the mention of surgery brings up many questions or concerns.  Here, our Baton Rouge eyelid surgeons aim to help ease your mind with responses to some of the more frequently asked questions regarding blepharoplasty.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a procedure more commonly known as an “eyelid lift”.  It is the surgical removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle in the upper and lower eyelids.  This is actually one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures in the world.  According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2013 only liposuction and breast enhancement ranked higher.

Can Eyelid Surgery Make Me Look Younger?

Aging can very often be seen in the area around the eyes.  As the elasticity of our skin and muscles weaken, our age begins to show.  Sagging eyelids and drooping bags under our eyes can develop and lower our eyelids.  Through blepharoplasty you can regain a rested and more rejuvenated appearance.

How Long Do the Results of Eyelid Surgery Last?

While this procedure won’t completely reverse the aging process, it does offer long lasting results.  Puffiness and bags under the eyes typically don’t reappear.  Avoiding sun exposure, smoke, and stress can also aid in maintaining the integrity of your surgery.

Are There Any Risks Involved with Blepharoplasty?

With any procedure there are risks.  However, by entrusting a skilled and experienced doctor, you should have nothing to fear.  The risks involved include potential changes in skin sensation, dry eyes, or difficulty closing your eyes.  However, by seeking the services of an experienced ophthalmologist, these concerns are greatly mitigated.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Eyelid Surgery?

Mild pain, swelling, bruising, and other subtle side effects can be common after blepharoplasty.  Any pain and vision blurriness should subside in a matter of days.  However, puffiness and bruising can last somewhat longer.  It is typical for a patient to return to normal activity within only a couple of weeks. 

While these are only a few questions a patient may have when considering eyelid surgery, they are important ones.  The most important thing to consider is seeking the opinion and services of a skilled, experienced ophthalmologist.  The Eye Specialists of Louisiana are the experienced experts in this procedure, serving the Baton Rouge area and beyond.  For more information, call and schedule a consultation.

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When to Choose Blepharoplasty

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

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Blepharoplasty, or “eyelid lift”, is growing vastly in popularity.  Among the most popular cosmetic procedures in other nations, it continues to gain prevalence in the states.  However, many patients find difficulty in determining if eyelid surgery is the right answer for them.  Will it provide the desired results?  Would another option such as a brow lift or even Botox better address their concerns?  While it should all come down to individual preference and guidance of a skilled surgeon, there are some situations in which blepharoplasty is the clear frontrunner.  You should likely lean toward this option if you are concerned about any of the following:

  1. Drooping Eyelids – Upper eyelids sometimes droop to the point of being not only aesthetically unappealing, but they may also lead to vision troubles.  Loose skin, muscle weakness, or nerve damage can cause drooping, and unfortunately, surgery is typically required to reverse the condition.  In such a case blepharoplasty, sometimes combined with a muscle tightening procedure, may be needed to improve vision and restore a natural look..

  2. Sagging Eyelids – Whereas a drooping eyelid refers to an upper lid which hangs too low, sagging eyelids occur with the natural loss of skin elasticity as we age.  This condition is often accompanied by other common signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.  While a brow lift may somewhat smooth skin, patients often end up with a different, but not necessarily more youthful, appearance.  Blepharoplasty, on the other hand, can usually address all of these concerns in a single procedure.

  3. Creation of a Double Eyelid – Blepharoplasty is by far the most popular cosmetic procedure in many Asian countries where the western “double eyelid” is considered more desirable by some.  With this look naturally occurring in only a very small percentage of Asian populations, blepharoplasty is the only permanent option to achieve the look. 

There is certainly no shortage of creams, spa treatments, or procedures which promise younger, more vibrant eyes.  While some may work to a certain degree, it often takes surgical correction to address more troublesome concerns, and in many such cases, blepharoplasty, is the most effective choice. 

If you are in the Baton Rouge area and are concerned about any of the problems listed here, contact Eye Specialists of Louisiana.  Dr. Thomas Stuckey is a skilled blepharoplasty surgeon, familiar with the delicate structure of the eye.  To request a consultation, click here, or call us directly at (225) 768-7777.

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Most Common Reasons for Blepharoplasty

Posted by Thomas Stuckey on Thu, May 08, 2014 @ 02:35 PM

reasons for eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is among the world’s most common cosmetic procedures.  In the United States alone, it is the fourth most popular elective surgery overall and ranks first among Asian and older populations.  The procedure offers patients necessary or desired reconstruction and repair due to sagging eyelids, lack of an eyelid fold, lines, wrinkles, and puffiness.  For most aesthetic and even functional concerns regarding the eyelid area, blepharoplasty provides the solution.

Of the many patients who choose the surgery, some will select it as a merely cosmetic option to correct concerns with their appearance.  For others, blepharoplasty may be necessary to improve function of the eye and quality of life.  Here are the top three reasons that someone may choose to undergo eyelid surgery:

Vision Impairment

Drooping of the upper eyelid can be unpleasing from an aesthetic standpoint.  It can also lead to genuine concerns about vision.  The most common reasons for drooping eyelids are muscle weakness, nerve damage, or loose skin.  These concerns may arise from injury, disease, normal aging, or may have even been present since birth.  Whatever the cause, this condition can impede vision and will need correction before normal sight can be restored.  Surgical intervention in these cases is typically very successful in delivering the desired results.

Restore Youth

The sagging of eyelids that occurs with age may not interfere with vision but often leads to a feeling of dissatisfaction with one’s appearance.  Eyelid surgery provides a means by which to correct this issue.  Through the procedure, other common aging concerns involving the eyes can also be addressed, including fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.  A skilled surgeon can provide a subtle, natural result that erase years without giving the impression that cosmetic surgery has been performed.

Double Eyelid

Asian patients seek blepharoplasty at a higher rate than any other population.  The end result most often desired in these cases is a “double eyelid.”  The eyelid crease commonly occurring in Western culture has also made its way to Eastern nations as an ideal standard of beauty.  However, this crease occurs naturally in only a very small percentage of the Asian population.  For others, blepharoplasty provides them with a method by which to achieve their desired appearance.  Most find increased self-confidence and a younger, more vibrant look as a result of the procedure.

While the reasons for seeking blepharoplasty can differ widely from one patient to the next, the end results are the same for most: greater satisfaction with one’s appearance.  Even for those who seek the operation out of necessity for improvement of vision, aesthetic benefits are typically still obtained.  Regardless of the reason, if you are considering blepharoplasty, it is important to contact a qualified surgeon in your area.

In Baton Rouge, the ophthalmologists at Eye Specialists of Louisiana are skilled in surgical procedures involving the delicate eye area, including blepharoplasty.  To schedule your consultation with one of our physicians, simply click here, or you can call us directly at (225) 768-7777.

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