Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Your eyelids and common afflictions they suffer from can have a significant impact on your health and vision. Most eyelid surgeries are cosmetic, but that doesn’t mean these procedures don’t play a vital role in your health and vision quality. Depending on your situation, they can be as important as common vision correction procedures like LASIK or cataract surgery.
Whether you need a growth removed or want to enhance your facial features, the experienced surgeon at Dupage Eye Associates can perform the cosmetic eyelid surgery you need.
Skin Tag Removal
Skin tags are small growths of skin that protrude off your body. They have no known causes but tend to show up where your skin folds, like in your eyelids.
Skin tags are not dangerous, but they can be annoying, and many people don’t like the way they look. If you don’t like how a skin tag looks on your eye, you can have it surgically removed with a quick and easy procedure.
A chalazion is a bump or swelling on your upper or lower eyelid. Blocks in the oil-producing meibomian glands in your eyelids cause chalazia.
The meibomian glands produce oil for your tears. This oil can harden in these glands and cause blockages. If the gland gets blocked, the oil will back up in your eyelid and cause a lump to expand in your lid.
Common causes of chalazia are inflammation or viruses that affect your meibomian glands. If you have recurring chalazia, it may indicate a more severe infection or condition. Be sure to see your eye doctor if chalazia keep returning to your eyelids.
There are at-home treatments for a chalazion, like holding a warm compress to it a few times a day. If this doesn’t work, your eye doctor can discuss additional treatments. These include a surgical procedure or corticosteroid injections.
Small Basal Cell Removal
Basal cells, or basal cell carcinomas, are cancer cells that mainly grow in the skin. Basal cells form as a result of ultraviolet light damage to your skin.
Basal cell carcinoma or BCC is the most common type of eyelid cancer. They can only be officially diagnosed with a biopsy. But, your eye doctor can usually tell if you have one by examining the growth with their eyes.
You can get a BCC removed with surgery. Removal is one of the most effective treatments for small basal cells around the eyes.
It ensures that the tissue surrounding the basal cell growth remains healthy. Basal cell carcinomas can invade and damage neighboring cells if you do not remove or treat them somehow.
Minor Entropion Surgery
Entropion is when your eyelid begins to turn inwards on your eye and rub against your eyeball. This rubbing can cause irritation and excessive tearing.
Entropion occurs as you age, and the muscles around your lower eyelid begin to stretch and slacken. Burns or disease can also cause entropion.
There are a few treatments available for entropion, including surgery. Minor entropion surgery tightens and strengthens the muscles around your eyelid to return the lid to its natural position.
Minor Ectropion Surgery
Ectropion is when your eyelid or eyelids begin to recede away from your eye. In extreme cases of ectropion, your eyelid no longer touches your eye.
If your eyelid droops this far, it could result in your eyelids not fully closing when you shut your eyes. Dry eye, redness, irritation, and inflammation can occur if your eyelids do not close all the way.
Stretching of the muscles that hold your eyelids in place causes ectropion. As you age, the muscles begin to stretch out, and your eyelids droop because of this muscular slack. Injuries to your face around your eyes can also cause ectropion.
Surgery is one of the most effective treatments for ectropion. Ectropion procedures tighten and shorten the muscles that support your eyelids. That way, the eyelid can return to its normal position, keeping your eyes safe, hydrated, and clean.
Thinking about eyelid surgery? Schedule an appointment at Dupage Eye Associates in Downers Grove today!