It is common for facial paralysis and synkinesis to affect the appearance of the eyes and eyelids. For patients living with facial paralysis who can effectively close their eyes, but are not pleased with the appearance of their eyelids, cosmetic eyelid reconstruction can be performed. Dr. Azizzadeh and his team of expert oculoplastic surgeons work together to improve facial aesthetics by reconstructing the eyelid and eye area of patients living with permanent facial paralysis.
Improving Appearance of the Eyes
When a patient suffers from permanent facial paralysis, they can often benefit from a blepharoplasty (eye lift) to improve facial symmetry and overall appearance. It is also common for Dr. Azizzadeh to perform other cosmetic procedures, such as facelift, in conjunction with the eyelid reconstruction to restore symmetry to the entire face and give the patient the best aesthetic outcome. For some patients with limited facial muscle movement, the upper eyelid may even droop in a way that impedes vision.
Every eyelid surgery that Dr. Azizzadeh and his team perform is customized to the individual to ensure the result fits the patient’s face. During an upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Azizzadeh focuses on preserving volume and creating the appropriate crease. Fat repositioning is often performed during both upper and lower blepharoplasty as well to create desired look and ensure a youthful, not hollow, appearance. A facelift or brow lift, depending on your desired outcome, may be performed at this time as well to improve facial symmetry.
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Cosmetic Eyelid Reconstruction FAQs
Dr. Azizzadeh understands that patients are likely to have a lot of questions when considering cosmetic eyelid reconstruction. He has answered some common questions for you below, but please contact our office if you have any more questions or concerns.
Q: Who should perform cosmetic eyelid reconstruction?
A: The eyes and area around the eyes are delicate facial features that should only be operated on by board-certified, experienced surgeons. Dr. Azizzadeh is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in facial reconstruction and facial plastic surgery. He works with an expert team of oculoplastic surgeons as well to ensure an optimal outcome when performing eyelid reconstruction.
Q: Am I a candidate for cosmetic eyelid reconstruction?
A: If you are living with permanent facial paralysis that is affecting the appearance of your eyes, you may be a candidate. Patients who cannot fully close the eyelids should consider an eye closure procedure such as gold eyelid weights or platinum chains to prevent damage to the eye. If a patient is able to fully close the eyes, but is unhappy with the appearance of droopy eyelids caused by facial paralysis, cosmetic eyelid reconstruction with Dr. Azizzadeh may be a good option.
Q: What procedures complement cosmetic eyelid reconstruction?
A: Many facial paralysis patients choose to undergo cosmetic procedures like brow lift and facelift as well as blepharoplasty to help improve facial symmetry, thus improving self-confidence. When you meet with Dr. Azizzadeh, he will carefully assess your condition and discuss with you your goals. Together, you will create a customized treatment plan that will give you the appearance you’ve been longing for and restore self-esteem.
Contact the Facial Paralysis Institute for More Information on Cosmetic Eyelid Reconstruction Today
If you are interested in a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh to see if you are a candidate for a cosmetic eyelid reconstruction, contact our office. Dr. Azizzadeh is a facial paralysis and facial reconstruction expert who strives to put a smile back on the face of each facial paralysis patient he treats. Call our office at (310) 657-2203 today to schedule your eyelid consultation.
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