Other Surgical Procedures – Browlifts, Ptosis, Entropion, & Ectropian
Dr. Charles Anthony II is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellowship Trained Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon. He sees patients in Bradenton, Ellenton, Sun City Center and Sarasota. Call 1-866-865-2020 for an appointment or click here.
When evaluating which procedure will best correct the patient’s concerns, three areas are evaluated. The first is the position of the eyebrows. If the brows are not in their proper position, a brow lift may be considered. The second is excess skin on the upper eyelids. If it is determined that excess skin is interfering with vision, then it can be corrected with a blepharoplasty. The third area is the actual position of the upper lids. We check to see if they are at an appropriate height. If it is determined that they are interfering with central vision, then it can be corrected by a ptosis repair.
The supraciliary browlift, also knows as a direct browlift, removes excess brow skin above the eyebrow. The best candidates are males with thicker brows, as the scar then can be mostly hidden along the contour of the brow.
All these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, with IV sedation and local anesthesia. The patient can return home the same day with minimal restrictions.
Ptosis is a condition where the upper eyelid droops either slightly, or in some cases, it may cover the entire pupil and block normal vision. There are many causes of ptosis including the age-related weakening of the muscle, congenital weakness, trauma, aging, or sometimes neurologic disease. Ptosis repair is usually covered by insurance.
Entropion is when the eyelid rolls inward against the eye, causing discomfort from rubbing lashes. This can result in pain, irritation, redness, and sensitivity to light. Severe entropions can lead to eye infections, corneal abrasions, and even corneal ulcers which can be sight threatening. Entropion repair is usually covered by insurance.
Ectropion is when the eyelid turns outward from the eye, leaving the eye and the inner eyelid surface exposed. This condition allows the eye to become very dry causing excessive tearing, irritation, and sensitivity to light. Severe ectropions can lead to eye infections which can be sight threatening. Ectropion usually affects only the lower lid, and the repair is usually covered by insurance.
At The Eye Associates, our goal is to enhance the appearance of your eyelids without the slightest hint of a “surgical look.”
Getting Your Surgery Questions Answered
We understand your natural feelings of anxiety when having any kind of surgery so we will make sure that all your questions are answered, including concerns regarding fees and financing options. Our surgery counselors are knowledgeable about insurance and whether your surgery might be covered by insurance.
Whether your eyelid surgery is desired for functional visual concerns, or for cosmetic reasons to restore a brighter, more rested appearance, you can contact us toll free at 1-866-865-2020 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles Anthony.