Oculofacial plastic surgery collectively describes multiple cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures involving the eyes and the surrounding areas of the face. These are always rather intricate and complex treatments, so it’s critical that patients carefully follow their surgeon’s post-operative care guidelines.

Only the Best at Michigan Oculofacial Specialists

The best way for Detroit area patients to make sure their facial plastic surgery procedure is performed with the utmost precision and highest standard of care is to come to Michigan Oculofacial Specialists. Dr. Lawrence Handler and Dr. Zachary Pearce regularly meet with potential patients in Troy, and Clinton to discuss the details of one or more of these oculofacial plastic surgery procedures:

Forehead Lift

The goal during a forehead lift (also known as an eyebrow lift) is to create a smoother, wrinkle-free forehead and to elevate the eyebrows. This can be necessary in cases of extensive skin laxity, when non-surgical treatments like Botox® would not be sufficient.

Upper Blepharoplasty

An upper blepharoplasty (upper eyelid lift) is performed to eliminate excess and droopy skin from the upper eyelids. Besides the cosmetic benefits, this procedure can help patients see better by increasing their field of vision.

Lower Blepharoplasty

As the name suggests, a lower blepharoplasty (lower eyelid lift) is designed to eliminate the puffy, protruding skin just below the eye (commonly known as “bags under the eyes”). This technique assists patients in looking less “tired” and possibly even increases their peripheral vision.

Functional Procedures

Oculofacial plastic surgery has its fair share of cosmetic applications, but many treatments are specifically tailored to functional or reconstructive improvements. Frequently, these are unique to the patient, but can often include procedures to help rectify:

  • Congenital disorders
  • Eyelid lesions
  • Eyelid malpositions
  • Ingrown eyelashes
  • Orbital tumors
  • Tearing problems
  • Scars
  • Trauma

What Happens After Oculofacial Plastic Surgery?

After any surgery, there will be at least a brief recovery period, during which time you may have some swelling or bruising as the body heals. To mitigate this discomfort and ensure the best results possible, Dr. Pearce or Dr. Handler will likely recommend some important post-op tips (which might vary slightly depending on the nature of your actual surgery):

  • Avoid heavy exercise and lifting.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun and wind as much as possible. If you need to go outside, wear sunglasses.
  • Do not rub your eyes or eyelids. Eyedrops can be used to address dryness.
  • Use a cold compress for any swelling or bruising.
  • Do not wear contacts.

Is Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Right for You?

To determine which version(s) of oculofacial plastic surgery are most appropriate for your cosmetic or functional concerns, you’ll need to come in for a consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons. At that time, your medical history and symptoms will be fully examined so we can decide on a customized treatment plan that is right for you. If you’re ready to get started, contact Michigan Oculofacial Specialists today!