While aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures are inherently different in nature, there is a strong relationship between the two. Dr. Larrabee’s extensive experience performing reconstructive surgery is a crucial reason why he’s able to deliver safe, beautiful outcomes with aesthetic procedures. This correlation is most important during eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and rhinoplasty procedures. In particular, Dr. Larrabee blends these skill sets when performing blepharoplasty with ptosis repair.
Blepharoplasty with ptosis repair combines complex reconstructive surgery with a common aesthetic procedure in order to rejuvenate the eye region. Dr. Larrabee has been performing this procedure for over 30 years and while the techniques have evolved during this time period, the basic requirements for an excellent outcome – a clear understanding of the anatomy and a precise technique – remain the same.
What Is Ptosis?
Ptosis refers to a drooping of the upper eyelid. It occurs when the eyelid margin is too low with respect to the light reflex of the pupil. It’s common for men and women who have excess skin and fat in their upper eyelid to also experience ptosis. Due to the way the nerves in the eye region function, a ptosis on one side often causes an elevation of the lid on the opposite side. As a result, eyelids that appear normal may in fact experience ptosis.
The most common cause of ptosis is a separation of the tendon of the levator muscle that lifts the lid from its eyelid attachment (tarsus).
Surgery to Correct Ptosis
Ptosis can easily be corrected at the same time that eyelid surgery is performed. This is a straightforward procedure that involves reattaching the tendon to the tarsus. Dr. Larrabee regularly achieves excellent results with this procedure. He can restore good lid height with a smooth contour and arch.
In recent years, Dr. Larrabee has used the minimal incision blepharoplasty technique. The precise amount of tendon to remove will be determined based on comprehensive preoperative measurements, as well as your goals for the procedure. Dr. Larrabee’s understanding of the functional aspects of the eye allow him to combine reconstructive techniques with an aesthetic eyelid surgery in order to restore a rejuvenated appearance and improve your visual field.
Contact our Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Larrabee has chosen to focus his practice exclusively on facial plastic surgery. This specialization enables him to deliver exceptional results. He has more than 30 years of experience performing blepharoplasty, and he’ll evaluate the condition of your eyelids in order to determine whether a ptosis repair is needed.
Please contact The Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 206-386-3550 today to schedule an eyelid surgery consultation. We serve patients in Seattle and the surrounding areas of Washington.