When Is Eyelid Surgery Medically Necessary?

Dr. Mohammed Alghoul is a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery. Although the facial rejuvenation procedure is popular for removing excess, drooping skin on the eyelids and thus restoring a bright and youthful appearance to the eyes and overall facial appearance, it is also used for medical reasons. In this blog post, Dr. Alghoul discusses when eyelid surgery is considered to be a medical necessity.

Impaired Vision

Excess, drooping skin (ptosis) on the upper eyelids can do more than just make you look older. If the eyelid skin is heavy, it can droop over the eyelash and cover the pupil, impairing your ability to see clearly. Upper eyelid surgery is considered medically necessary when the excess eyelid skin interferes with daily tasks, such as your ability to read and drive. An impaired visual field test is required by most insurance companies to approve the procedure. During eyelid surgery, the surgeon will remove excess skin from the upper eyelid for clear, uncompromised vision. In addition to clearing vision, the procedure also creates a more youthful eye shape.

Eyelid Repair and Reconstruction

Dr. Alghoul also performs eyelid repair and eyelid reconstruction, both of which are performed to address functional problems with the eyelids. Eyelid repair is used to remove excessive scarring on the lower eyelid, which can result as a complication from previous lower eyelid surgery. In severe cases, the scar tissue can expose the white under the eye so much that the inside red lining becomes visible. Not only does this create an unnatural appearance but it can also interfere with one’s ability to close the eye properly, and cause tearing and irritation.

Eyelid reconstruction is used to remove or repair an eyelid defect after skin cancer removal. During the procedure, Dr. Alghoul uses specialized techniques to repair or re-build the missing segments of the eyelid. Depending on the severity of the case, eyelid reconstruction may require borrowing tissue from other parts of the eyelid in order to repair the defect.

Learn More from Dr. Alghoul

If you are interested in eyelid surgery from Northwestern Plastic Surgery, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons, Dr. Alghoul can help. The trusted plastic surgeon can discuss your needs and goals, and work with you to design a treatment plan that best achieves your desired outcome. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Alghoul, please call (312) 695-3654 today.