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Oculoplastics

Oculoplastic Surgery

Our Denver, Colorado Oculoplastic surgeons perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, lacrimal system, and orbit. The advantage of having a cosmetic or corrective eyelid surgery performed by an oculoplastic specialist is that the physician can perform a full medical eye evaluation and then determine how much correction can be tolerated without over-correcting the eyelids.

Blepharoplasty is a common procedure where excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from around the eyes. Drooping eyebrows can also be corrected at the same time. Excessive upper eyelid tissue can block the upper field of vision. Correction of overhanging skin folds will improve the function of the upper eyelid and peripheral vision. Even if vision is not affected, blepharoplasty may be performed to improve a sagging, tired appearance.

The purpose of Botox® treatment is to relax the facial muscles causing a wrinkling between the eyebrows, upper nose, and around the eyes. Botox® is a highly purified solution of a motor nerve blocking agent. It is approved by the FDA and has been used for nearly 20 years for treatment of patients who suffer spasm of the upper eyelid muscled. By carefully injecting minute amounts of Botox® directly into the overactive facial muscles, a temporary relaxation of the muscles is achieved. Relaxation of the muscles improves the facial wrinkles. The long history of safety and effectiveness of Botox® makes it a very useful adjunct for treatment of facial wrinkles.

Restyane and Juvederm are fillers made from hyaluronic acid, a substance normally found in the skin. These fillers are used to correct deep facial wrinkles that are present even without facial muscle activity. The injections are done in the office with numbing cream or injectable anesthetic.