How Gold Eyelid Weights Are Used as a Facial Paralysis Treatment
The ability to blink and close your eyes keeps them lubricated and protected from foreign objects. When your eyes have been affected by facial palsy, you may subsequently become vulnerable to injuries or infections. Platinum or gold eyelid weights are facial paralysis treatments that improve eyelid closure. At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, world-renowned expert Dr. Azizzadeh and his team of oculoplastic surgeons help patients regain eyelid movement.
What Are Gold Eyelid Weights?
A small gold or platinum weight can be surgically implanted inside of the upper eyelid to assist eyelid closure using only weight and gravity. The goal is to place the weight in the contour of the upper eyelid where it will be as inconspicuous as possible. Gold and platinum are metals that rarely causes skin irritation, so they work well for delicate eyelid skin.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Gold Eyelid Weights?
It is important to seek treatment for incomplete eye closure (also known as lagophthalmos) from facial nerve paralysis to prevent permanent damage and pain. Closing our eyes allows us to protect them from dryness, which can lead to ulcerations and abrasions. Our eyes lubricate themselves naturally through the blinking process, and the inability to blink can cause the eyes to become painfully dry.
Gold vs. Platinum Eyelid Weights
Platinum is a higher density metal than gold, so the same weight can be achieved with a smaller device. Some patients may need a smaller weight due to the size and shape of their eyelids, so platinum is an effective alternative to gold. An expert facial paralysis surgeon can utilize the metal that he thinks is the most appropriate for an individual based on the patient’s unique features.
How Long Is the Recovery Process After Surgery?
The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and the patient can return home the same day. Immediately following implantation, the patient should be able to close his or her eyelids and the function improves with time. Some swelling and/or bruising of the treatment area is common after surgery but it should heal within a few weeks.
The Best Facial Paralysis Treatment Options
At the Facial Paralysis Institute, your treatment will be a custom fit for your needs. While some patients may benefit the most from gold eyelid weights, there are other options that may work better. Platinum eyelid chains and eyelid springs are treatments similar to gold eyelid weights, and lower eyelid reconstruction helps complement treatment to the upper eyelids.
Highly Specialized Team of Experts
Gold and platinum eyelid weights are made in a variety of sizes to ensure that each patient gets the perfect weight for them. During preparation for your surgery, the best size and weight for your unique case will be determined.
Schedule a Facial Paralysis Treatment Consultation in Beverly Hills Today!
If you’re wondering if gold or platinum eyelid weights are the best facial paralysis treatment option for you, schedule a consultation at the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills today. Dr. Azizzadeh and his team of expert surgeons are ready to help assess your individual situation and guide you towards the most appropriate solutions. Call our office today at (310) 657-2203.
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