Dr. Jeffrey Schiller, MD is an experienced reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon in New York and New Jersey who specializes in surgery of the eyelids and face. He is a member of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and has more than 25 years of experience practicing surgery. Dr. Schiller’s signature procedure is blepharoplasty, which is a cosmetic procedure to correct sagging skin around the eyes and cheek.
About Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
Reconstructive eyelid surgery is often required after a person experiences some sort of trauma or undergoes a procedure to remove a tumor. These procedures can often be completed on an outpatient basis, often producing minimal scarring, and may require little recovery time. In some cases, only a simple removal of scar tissue is required. Other cases are more complex and may require skin grafts or other complex techniques. For these patients, longer recovery times may be required.
Reasons Eyelid Surgery May Be Needed
There are a number of conditions that may cause the need for reconstructive eyelid surgery. Here are some of the most common:
- Entropion: In cases of entropion, the eyelid is turned inwards. This can cause the eyelashes to irritate the eye, which may produce redness or excessive tear production.
- Ectropion: With this disorder, the eyelid turns outwards. This exposes the sensitive inner lining, called the conjunctiva. In most cases, this only requires an outpatient procedure, but occasionally skin graftsor cheek lifts are necessary.
- Ptosis: This is a condition in which the eyelid does not open all the way, often because of loosening of the muscle that opens the eye (levator muscle).. This often produces a tired appearance and peripheral vision may be impaired. A person may be born with ptosis, it may develop with age, or it may be caused by trauma or after eye surgery.
- Skin Cancer Removal: Sometimes lesions called basal cell carcinomas or other cancers will appear on a person’s eyelid. When they are removed early they generally do not pose a serious health threat. Any growths thought to be cancerous are biopsied at our office to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.
If you are in need of a reconstructive eye surgeon due to any of these issues, contact Dr. Schiller’s office today for a consultation. To see results of his work, view his before and after gallery by clicking here.