Cosmetic Eye Procedures
Our practice offers cosmetic eyelid and facial aesthetic services for our Orange County area patients. We specialize in oculoplastic eyelid surgery as well as nonsurgical facial aesthetic procedures such as BOTOX®, fillers and eyelash enhancement with LATISSE®. Our oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Liu, performs all procedures at Beach Eye Medical Group.
At Beach Eye Medical Group we want to help you see better but we also want to help you look better. We offer various dermal fillers to help your appearance. Are you struggling with aging lines and wrinkles? Below are some of the cosmetic procedures offered at Beach Eye Medical Group.
As we age it is very common for the skin on and around your face and eyes to start sagging or dropping. The skin above the eyelid begins to droop over time (ptosis) or there may be too much (dermatochalasis). The lower lid skin can bunch up and fat can bulge forward forming bags and grooves. Overly tight eyelids (lid retraction) may also cause watering, pain, and irritation. At Beach Eye Medical Group we offer cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) for patients hoping to look and see better. By rejuvenating the eyelids patients, look less tired and more alert and refreshed.
Patients with ptosis, droopy eyelids, commonly complain that their eyelids always look “tired” or “bored” and may notice that they are blocking their field of vision. Ptosis repair or eyelid muscle repair/lift can remove excess skin above or below the eyelid to lift the eyes for a brighter more awakened appearance. At Beach Eye Medical Group, many of our Huntington Beach patients say they not only look younger but feel younger as well.
Functional Eyelid Surgery
Droopy lower lids can turn in (entropion) or out (ectropion) and cause tearing, burning, and red-eye as well as give an aged appearance. They can also cause the eyelashes to rub the eye (trichiasis) resulting in an abrasion. At Beach Eye Medical Group, our eye doctor will perform functional eyelid surgery in order to reposition the lower eyelid in order to correct entropion or ectropion.
Like the upper lids, the eyebrow can sag as well. This can also interfere with vision and cause an aged appearance. This may be due to the brow hanging low, loss of eyebrow volume or deflation, or both. Surgical correction (brow lift) can help improve the visual field and appearance. A nonsurgical “brow lift” can sometimes be achieved by adding more volume to the area.
Block or Infected Tear Ducts
The tear ducts may become blocked (nasolacrimal duct obstruction) or infected (dacryocystitis) and cause excessive tearing. For adults, surgery is often necessary. Children usually do not require surgery, but may need a “stent” placed in the tear duct. Tear duct surgery redirects tear flow around the blockage so they drain properly. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and takes about an hour. Most patients can return to work in about a week.
Thyroid Eye Disease
Typically, the eyes, lids, and socket are affected when thyroid levels are too high, as in Graves disease, but can occur when thyroid levels are too low, or even normal. Bulging eyes (proptosis or exophthalmos), wide eyes (lid retraction), double vision (diplopia), swelling of the eyes and lids, tearing, and irritation are common eye problems that can be related to thyroid disease. Thyroid eye disease can be treated with medicine and/or surgery. Corticosteroids can help to calm the disease down. Surgery can be performed to decrease eye bulging (orbital decompression), correct double vision (strabismus surgery), and fix the wide-eyed “thyroid stare” (lid retraction repair).
Eyelid and Socket Cancer
Most eyelid cancer is caused by the sun. A biopsy should be performed for any suspicious growth to determine if it is cancerous. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common eyelid cancer, but other types such as squamous cell carcinoma and sebaceous cell carcinoma can occur. Cancers should be completely removed and eyelid reconstruction performed immediately after. Reconstruction of the eyelids and area around the eye should be performed by a specialist who has formal training in orbital surgery.
An orbital fracture occurs when the bones of the eye socket are broken. Orbital fractures can cause swelling around the eye, double vision, facial numbness, and can cause the eye to appear to “sink into” the socket. If an orbital fracture is large or causing double vision then surgery is usually recommended. The broken bones can be bridged by a synthetic plate and held together with microplates. Most of the time, the surgical incision can be placed on the inside of the lid to prevent a scar from forming on the eyelid skin.
In special circumstances, it may be necessary or beneficial for a patient to have an eye removed. The procedure performed is either enucleation or evisceration. There are two main reasons a patient may need this; a malignant tumor in the eye, or a blind eye that has intractable pain.
The procedure involves removing either the whole eye (enucleation) or the inside contents of the eye (evisceration) and placing an implant in the socket. The procedure takes about an hour and is done under general anesthesia. After a few weeks, a prosthesis is made that matches the other eye. The prosthetic eye looks natural and moves well in most patients.
Our Orange County eye doctors have been using BOTOX® for years to correct the visible signs of stress and aging as well as relieving facial muscle spasms. Commonly treated areas include wrinkles between the brows or “anger lines” and laugh lines around the eyes or “crows feet,” but other areas such as the forehead can be treated as well. BOTOX® treatments are quick and often painless. There is no “downtime” after treatment.
Juvederm® and Restylane® Dermal Fillers
These water-based dermal fillers are used to fill creases or wrinkles of the face. They are commonly used to fill in smile lines and frown line and to plump the lips but can be used in many other places such as the hollow appearing grooves under the eyes. Treatment is performed in the office and takes only a few minutes. There is usually very little if any pain and minimal to no downtime.
LATISSE® Eyelash Growth
LATISSE® is a breakthrough medication that lengthens eyelashes. Since it is a medication that works on a cellular level, it is far more effective than any over the counter eyelash product. LATISSE® lengthens the growth cycle as well as the number of lashes growing. For more information regarding LATISSE® please see this website page.