Age-related factors will also require Dr. Baloh's expertise. The aging process can actually affect your ability to see unimpeded. Drooping, sagging skin can limit your visual field, causing you to lift or turn your head unnecessarily. An Oculoplastic surgeon can remove excessively drooping skin from the eyelids to improve more than just your physical appearance. The aging eye may produce fewer tears causing dry eyes or may produce too many tears causing tearing. Both conditions may affect your vision and cause discomfort. The surgical alteration and recreation of the tear-drainage system are procedures best provided by the Oculoplastic specialist.
The same surgical skills and expertisethat are necessary for the reconstructive and functional repair of the skin and structures surrounding the eye and mid-face are equally important when considering a cosmetic surgeon. The skin around the eyes is often the first clue belying your age. It is the expressive nature of the eyes, made possible by the surrounding musculature commanding that fragile skin that make this skin prone wrinkles and sagging. As you age, the loss of fat in your face and the "thinning" of the skin can make wrinkles more pronounced. As an Oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Baloh understands the special anatomy and physiology of the eye and its surrounding musculature.
Lid surgery or Blepharoplasty has long been the standard of care for facial rejuvenation. The Oculoplastic surgeon, while the best qualified surgeon to perform such surgical procedures, is also the best equipped physician to offer options to surgery with successful results.
Botox® has been used for decades by Ophthalmologists to treat spasms of the eyelid. The tremendously successful application of Botox® to relax the muscles surrounding the eye, thus softening the wrinkled skin around the eyes, has certainly opened the door to options to treat the aging face. Wrinkle fillers, such as Juvederm™, can further stave off the scalpel. The experienced, appropriate application of Botox and facial fillers can delay the desire for cosmetic surgery. Unfortunately, it is sometimes the quality of the skin itself that can reduce the effectiveness of surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation techniques.
The use of lasers to rejuvenate the skin itself has made remarkable strides. Too often the inappropriate use of lasers for facial resurfacing has created eye problems caused by excessive tightening of the skin surrounding the eyes, resulting in dry eyes, increased susceptibility to infections, and an unnatural appearance. Under the careful supervision of the Oculoplastic specialist, this technology can now be added safely and successfully as a non-surgical cosmetic option.
Dr. Baloh can provide the spectrum of cosmetic procedures to expertly treat the aging face, safely and with excellent outcomes.