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Eyelid Surgery Troy Michigan

Many patients use search engines to look for "Eyelid Surgery Troy Michigan", but are otherwise unsure what procedures they may need or how to find a surgeon.  If you are looking for an eyelid surgeon in Troy, Michigan or the surrounding area of Metro Detroit such as Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Rochester, Rochester hills, you may find the information here helpful.

What are the most common types of eyelid surgery performed in Troy, Michigan?

The most common types of eyelid surgery are upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty. These can be performed for cosmetic reasons, though insurance may sometimes cover upper blepharoplasty if there is visual limitation. Other types of eyelid surgery are more likely functional and is often covered by insurance; these include entropion and ectropion repair, eyelid retraction repair, floppy eyelid repair, and eyelid skin cancer repair.

What is Upper blepharoplasty?

The upper eyelids can develop aging changes including excessive and redundant skin, changes in upper eyelid fat pads, and skin hooding over the lashes.  These changes can make you look tired, angry and older than your years.

Upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to address these aging changes to restore a more lively and refreshed appearance. This procedure tends to have little down time and very high satisfaction rates. The incisions are hidden away in the natural eyelid crease and heals very well with excellent results.

Learn more about upper blepharoplasty or visit American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeWiki's Blepharoplasty page (for which Dr. Shannon S. Joseph serves as the editor).

What is Lower blepharoplasty?

Lower blepharoplasty is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgeries to restore a more youthful and rested appearance to the lower eyelids. Lower eyelid bags and dark circles is a common problem that can make people look older and more tired than you are. This can be caused by a combination of redundant lower eyelid skin and excessive lower eyelid fat pads. Lower blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can address the redundant skin as well as reposition and sculpt the fat pads to smoothen the contour of the lower eyelid and restoring a more youthful appearance. Learn more about lower blepharoplasty.

Where to get eyelid surgery in Troy Michigan?

When considering cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery on the face, it is very important to find a surgeon who specializes in performing procedures on the face. While many surgeons may advertise providing blepharoplasty and brow lift surgeries, not every surgeon performs them regularly.  This is important because, across medicine, it has been well demonstrated that surgeons who perform a given procedure frequently are more likely to have outstanding results and less likely to encounter complications.

Therefore, it is a good idea to understand how experienced your surgeon is in your procedures of interest. Specifically, it is important to verify your surgeon underwent the appropriate fellowship training, which is training beyond residency that allows surgeons become highly specialized in one area, such as plastic surgery around the eyes and face.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Shannon S. Joseph is a Johns Hopkins University and University of Michigan trained, board-certified, fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon. She specializes exclusively in plastic surgery of the eyes and face. Eyelid surgery such as blepharoplasty is the most common procedure Dr. Joseph performs, and she has successfully performed thousands of these surgeries. At your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Joseph will take her time to carefully listen to your expectations and goals, perform a comprehensive evaluation, and works together with you to design a plan that is fully tailored to your anatomy and aesthetic goals. Learn more about why patients choose us.

Our office is located in Troy, Michigan, serving patients from Troy as well as Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Rochester, Rochester Hills, and surrounding areas of Southeastern Michigan. If you are interested in a personal consultation with Dr. Joseph, contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best.


Bell's Palsty

What you should know about Bell’s Palsy?

Bell's palsy is the most common cause of facial palsy, which occurs due to dysfunction of the facial nerve, leading to weakness or loss of facial movement. The abnormal facial movement can impact patients' everyday activities, including eating, speaking, smiling, and blinking or closing the eyes. Therefore, facial palsy can have profound social, emotional, and functional consequences for patients.

Even though Bell's palsy is the most common cause of facial palsy, it should only be diagnosed after other potential causes have been ruled out. Other potential causes of facial palsy include stroke, Lyme disease, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, brain tumor, head and neck tumor, trauma, surgery, and congenital abnormalities.

What are the symptoms of facial palsy?

Symptoms of facial palsy include:

  • Facial asymmetry
  • Facial muscle weakness
  • Difficulty closing eyes
  • Abnormal blinking
  • Difficulty making facial expressions
  • Changes in saliva and tear production
  • Changes in taste on the affected side of mouth
  • Sound sensitivity

How is facial palsy treated?

Patients with facial palsy should receive integrated care from a team of experts which usually includes facial plastic surgeons, oculofacial plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, occupational therapists, but may also include optometrists, neurologists, otologists, and skull base surgeons.

Some patients with chronic facial palsy may be treated with procedures to restore facial movements and symmetry. These procedures may include free tissue transfer, nerve transfer, muscle transfer, and nerve grafting.  Static surgical procedures are also available to improve symmetry and function of the eyelid, brow, lip, and face.

How can I protect my eyes if I have facial palsy?

Facial palsy can weaken eyelid closure and blink. This often results in corneal dryness, but can also cause corneal scratches, or, in severe cases, even vision loss.

Every patient with facial palsy involving their eyelids should seek care from an ophthalmologist to receive a baseline eye exam. This helps determine the impact of facial palsy on the health of the eye. An oculofacial plastic surgeon is also often involved to assess the impact of facial palsy on the eyelids and develop an individualized treatment plan for patients to improve the function and position of the eyelids.

While waiting for a clinic visit, patients should use preservative-free artificial tears at least 4-6 times a day, and preservative-free artificial tear ointment while sleeping.

In this review article and this study, co-authored by Dr. Shannon S. Joseph, you can find a comprehensive summary of the impact of facial palsy on the health of the eye, and the management options available for patients with facial palsy affecting the eye.

Schedule a consultation

If you are have been diagnosed with Bell's palsy or facial palsy, please contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Shannon S. Joseph. She founded and was co-director of the Michigan Medicine Multidisciplinary Facial Nerve Clinic while on faculty at the University of Michigan and has extensive experience taking care of patients with facial palsy. She will perform a comprehensive evaluation and work with you to develop an individualized management plan that is tailored to you.