Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery to remove excess, loose skin and reduce prominent fat pads when present. This surgery can help reduce the fatigued appearance that comes with excess skin folds on the eyelids. Blepharoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed. Age, allergies (eyelid swelling)…

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Ptosis

Ptosis (pronounced toe-sis) is a drooping or lowered position of the upper eyelid margin or edge (where the lashes come out), as opposed to drooping of excess skin over the lashes (dermatochalasis). When the lid margin/edge begins to cross the…

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Entropion

Entropion is a turning or rolling in the eyelid edge or margin towards the eyeball. This may be noted initially only in the mornings on awakening and then become more constant over time. In this condition the eyelashes and even…

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Retraction

Retraction is a shortening of the vertical position of the eyelid, such that it’s edge or margin rests too high (upper lid) or too low (lower lid) on the eyeball in relation to the pupil. This can even be severe…

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Laxity

Laxity occurs with stretching or weakness of the tendons holding the eyelid in place. The tension of the eyelid on the eyeball plays an important role in getting the tears to go into the tear drain ducts and getting pumped into the nose.

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Ectropion

Ectropion is a turning or rolling out of the eyelid edge or margin away from the eyeball. This can lead to tearing, red, irritated and inflamed eyes and even eye infections. Causes include age-associated looseness or tightness of facial skin…

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Reconstruction

Patients who have suffered a traumatic eyelid injury and/or face injury or had prior eyelid or periorbital surgery and have residual malposition may benefit from oculoplastic reconstructive surgery. Additionally, patients who have eyelid or facial skin cancers may require excision and reconstruction of the defect. Patients who have suffered a…

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Cancer Reconstruction

Cancers include the most common skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, as well as squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma and melanoma in-situ. Less common eyelid cancers include sebaceous cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma. Mohs surgery is a technique used to remove basal or squamous cell skin cancers from the eyelids, nose,…

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Excessive Tearing

Excessive tearing can occur from many causes, including but not limited to eyelid malposition (ectropion/entropion), misdirected eyelashes, eyelid laxity, plugged or blocked tear drain passages in the eyelid or nose, chemotherapy, nasal or facial fractures, old punctal plug placement and…

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Orbit/Eye Socket Surgery

Dr. Reistad is a trained orbital surgeon. The orbit or eye socket is a boney cavity that contains the eyeball, fat, blood vessels, as well as the muscles (6) that move the eye, the optic nerve and other nerves. Conditions…

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Misdirected Eyelashes

Some patients are afflicted with lashes that grow from the wrong area on the eyelid (distichiasis) or in the wrong direction (trichiasis) and brush against the eyeball. An examination is necessary to ensure an eyelid cancer or growth is not causing the lash distortion. Plucking of hard to remove eyelashes…

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