“Oculoplastic surgery” describes surgical procedures carried out in and around the eye. At OCL Vision, we offer a number of these types of surgery, such as blepharoplasty and ptosis surgery. Read on for more information about oculoplastic surgery in general, and the specific types of surgery we perform.
“Oculoplastic surgery” refers to surgical procedures carried out in and around the eye, including the eyelid, under eye and tear duct; in simple terms it may be called “eye plastic surgery”. Some of these procedures are purely cosmetic, which means they have the sole aim of improving the appearance of a particular feature, and others have a further benefit to the health or comfort of the patient. For example, they may improve the patient’s field of vision or reduce eye watering.
Oculoplastic surgeons are medical doctors who have trained in ophthalmology and also undertaken additional training in this field. Some plastic surgeons also perform certain oculoplastic procedures such as blepharoplasty.
At OCL Vision, we offer a number of oculoplastic procedures performed by our expert surgeon, Susan Sarangapani. Procedures include blepharoplasty, ptosis surgery, eyelid laxity surgery and eyelid cyst surgery.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or “eye lift”, is a surgery to remove excess skin and fat and repair weak muscles around the eyelid area to give it a more youthful appearance.
There are two different types of blepharoplasty: upper eyelid blepharoplasty, which focuses on loose skin or fat above the eye, and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, whereby excess skin, fat (eyebags) or weak muscle below the eye is tightened. It’s possible to undergo either of these types of surgery in isolation or in combination under local anaesthesia, sedation or general anaesthesia. Upper eyelid surgery is generally performed under local anesthesia or sedation, while lower eyelid surgery usually requires general anesthesia due to the longer surgery time.
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Ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelid. This condition is not only aesthetic, but can also cause a number of undesirable symptoms such as blurred vision, reduced field of vision, headaches, abnormal head posture and watering eyes. Ptosis surgery is one of the most effective and permanent ways to treat this condition.
There are three main ways in which ptosis surgery is performed: the anterior approach, the posterior approach and brow suspension. The best method for each patient will depend on certain factors such as the degree of lift needed and the underlying cause of the condition. This will be discussed during the consultation.
Ptosis surgery is usually carried out under local anaesthesia with sedation, with the exception of the brow suspension method as this is a longer procedure. All ptosis surgery in children requires a general anaesthetic.
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Eyelid laxity refers to the looseness of either upper or lower eyelids. This is caused by a loss of volume and elasticity in the muscles and fat around the eyelids.
Eyelid laxity can occur in two different ways. Ectropion is where the lower eyelid turns outwards and sags down. This often results in a watery eye, as well as a front surface of the eye which is often sore and prone to infection. Ectropion surgery corrects the underlying weaknesses causing the eyelid to drop away from the eye.
Entropion is the other form of eyelid laxity, whereby the upper or lower eyelid turns inwards. This results in the eyelashes scratching the surface of the eye and pausing pain, watering, redness and infection. Entropion surgery involves repositioning and tightening the muscles that maintain normal eyelid position. Both types of surgery are usually performed under local anaesthesia.
Read more about eyelid laxity surgery here, covering your consultation, what to expect and what makes our surgery unique.
Cysts on eyelids are relatively common and can be caused by a number of factors. Many are benign, such as chalazion which is caused by blocked oil glands, and xanthelasma which is caused by cholesterol. However, any new eyelid lumps should always be checked in case they are a form of skin cancer.
Chalazion is the most common type of eyelid cyst, which may require surgery if it forms a hard, painful lump on the eyelid. In this instance a hidden incision can be made on the inside of the eyelid to remove the cyst. Most other benign skin lesions are easily removed with a minor surgical procedure.
If a potentially cancerous lump is found, the first step is to perform a biopsy which will confirm what the lump is and how it should be treated.
Read more about eyelid cyst surgery here, including further information on anaesthetic, your consultation, what to expect and the recovery period.
Finance Options/Interest Free Credit
We also offer 0% interest finance options making it easier to spread the cost of surgery over up to 24 months.
A minimum 10% deposit is required and the balance is split over your chosen monthly period of either 6, 12 or 24 months at a rate of 0% APR.
Get in touch to find out more about our flexible pricing options and how we can make it work for you.
Miss Susan Sarangapani specialises in Oculoplastics; she uses both surgical and non-surgical treatments to achieve outstanding natural-looking results in eyelid and facial restoration treatment. Susan offers personalised care and takes an empathetic approach when providing consultation.
Susan can be seen at our clinic in New Cavendish Street in Central London, as well as in Elstree, Hertfordshire.
If you would like to discuss potential treatment options, please make an enquiry or call us on 0203 369 2020
OCL Vision’s oculoplastic surgeon, Miss Susan Sarangapani, offers both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments, sometimes combining both as appropriate. This holistic approach allows her to personalise care for each patient and deliver optimal results.
Susan Sarangapani specialises in natural-looking results with strong attention to detail, alongside an empathetic consultative approach to ensure she understands exactly what every patient is looking for.
Susan Sarangapani is part of OCL Vision, a group of expert eye surgeons offering consultation, treatment and surgery onsite in one place. Choose from our central London location (close to Harley Street) or Elstree, Hertfordshire.
Susan Sarangapani is an expert in her field and has undertaken a fellowship at the internationally renowned Craniofacial Unit of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, ensuring extensive training in facial and eyelid reconstruction surgery.
Last updated on December 29th, 2022 by Susan Sarangapani