When Is Reconstructive Surgery Needed?
Ophthalmic reconstructive surgery, as opposed to cosmetic surgery, is performed when structures of the eyes and surrounding area have been damaged due to:
- Birth Defects
- Developmental Abnormalities
- Disease or Infection
- Previous Surgery
While reconstructive surgery is typically performed to improve function and health, it may also be done to address cosmetic concerns as well. Your surgeon will perform a thorough examination and assess your situation to decide on the best course of action to restore both function and appearance.
Types of Reconstructive Surgeries
Reconstructive surgeries include:
- Eyelid Cancer Care – Procedures involving biopsy, complete excision, and/or reconstruction of the periocular region to clear you of cancer. Your oculoplastic surgeon may complete the excision and reconstruction solely or in combination with a Mohs surgeon (dermatologist) to remove skin cancer first followed by reconstruction the same day or, in rarer circumstances, in a delayed fashion.
- Eyelid Malposition Correction – The correction of the outward (ectropion), inward (entropion), or downward pull (lower lid retraction) of the lower eyelid.
- Eyelid Reconstruction – Undertaken to reconstruct the eyelids for a variety of reasons, including the removal of tumors or trauma.
- Lacrimal Surgery – Procedure undertaken to bypass an obstruction in the tear drainage system.
- Orbital Decompression – A surgery performed on a patient suffering from thyroid eye disease. The surgery expands the eye socket to make more space for a bulging eyeball to move back into place.
- Orbital Fractures and Traumatic Injury – Repairing injuries to the eye socket and surrounding tissue and bones.
- Orbital Tumors – Biopsy and removal of tumors found in the eye socket and surrounding area.
- Ptosis Repair – Lifting a droopy eyelid due to a weakened eyelid muscle or tendon.
- Revisional Plastic Surgery – Correcting complications of previous surgery.
Reconstructive Surgery at Dean McGee Eye Institute
Ophthalmic reconstructive surgery can restore the function and appearance of the eyelids and orbital regions. Our team of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons at the Dean McGee Eye Institute have the specialized training to provide our patients with modern treatment options that allow for improvements in function and form that were once thought to be impossible.