Blepharoplasty, Entropion / Ectropion, Ptosis, and Lid Lesions
James R. Pinke, M.D. received extensive training in Ophthalmic Plastic surgery during his residency years at Tufts University. He has continued actively performing Ophthalmic Plastic surgery for over three decades since opening his practice in Shelton. He performs cosmetic and non-cosmetic surgery of the eyelids both in his office and at The Connecticut Eye Surgery Center South to patients throughout the Shelton, CT area.
What kinds of procedures are available?
Some of the procedures he performs include blepharoplasty and ptosis surgery for excess skin folds around the eye lids and for droopy eye lids, ectropion and entropion repair for malpositioned eyelids, and excision of malignant and non malignant growths on the eyelids and peri-orbital areas of the face.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces or eliminates excess skin and fat from the upper and or lower lids. The technical term for this problem is dermatochalasis. Dermatochalasis is a natural aging process that varies in severity from person to person. Dr. Pinke has been performing blepharoplasty surgery for his entire practice career and performs this procedure for both cosmetic and medically necessary reasons. If the excess skin in the upper lids interferes with sight, insurance companies will often help pay for this procedure. Blepharoplasty results may be further enhanced with brow lifts or BOTOX injections in some patients.
Blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia, usually with IV sedation. The incision is made in the natural creases of the upper and lower lids, so that there is usually almost no visible scar after healing.
Following surgery, most patients have “black and blue” lids for one to two weeks. Significant complications are uncommon and are always discussed thoroughly prior to surgery.
Ectropion/ Entropion / Ptosis Surgery
As we age, the eyelids may turn inward (entropion) causing the eyelashes to rub against the eye, or outward (ectropion) causing secondary dry eye problems and damage to the lower lids. Patients may also present with drooping of the upper lid margin, sometimes interfering with vision, (ptosis.). Ptosis is different than dermatochalasis, though the two conditions often occur together. Ptosis involves a weakness in the muscle of the upper lid that is responsible for opening the lid. Dermatochalasis is a problem with excess skin and fat in the upper lid.
Proudly serving patients throughout the Shelton, Connecticut area, Dr. Pinke can improve all of these problems. Eyelid surgery is performed using local anesthesia at the office, the surgery center or the hospital. Dr. Pinke gives his patients premier cosmetic services, schedule your appointment today!
Benign and malignant skin tumors on or near the eyelids are routinely excised, usually in the office operating room.