The Art of Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Rizzuto offers top of the line plastic and reconstructive surgery specifically tailored to each patient’s needs and desires. Below are some of the procedures he has an expertise in. Call our office for a consultation.
Understanding Eyelid Surgery
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
Droopy, Saggy, Tired Eyelids
A Blepharoplasty restores a youthful appearance around the eyes, decreases the feeling of heavy eyelids and can help improve vision in serious cases. This procedure involves removing excess skin and tissue from the upper eyelid, with an incision made at the eyelid crease. This results in a natural looking and younger appearance. Reasons for acquiring an Upper Blepharoplasty may be cosmetic or functional.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty (Lower Eyelid Lift)
Droopy, Saggy, Tired Lower Eyelids, Bags, And Dark Circles
A Blepharoplasty restores a youthful appearance around the eyes, decreases the feeling of heavy bags and can help improve vision in serious cases. This procedure involves removing or repositioning the excess skin and tissue on your lower eyelid’s natural crease. This creates a more awake and youthful appearance.
Eyelids That Turn In
Entropion is an inward turning of the eyelid toward the eyeball, resulting in irritation of the eye by the eyelashes. The procedure to fix Entropion involves an incision to be made on the outside of the eyelid, then tightening of the skin/muscle. A graft or a small piece of tissue is then surgically placed on the eyelid and in result, causes a reposition of the eyelid and stops the pull and irritation the patients feel.
Eyelids That Turn Out
Ectropion is a condition where the eyelid turns outward, which leaves the inner eyelid exposed and easily irritated. The procedure to fix Ectropion involves tightening of the tendons that would normally be holding the eyelid into the correct position and placing a skin graft or tissue on the lid to reposition it.
Eyelids That Droop
A drooping eyelid is called ptosis or blepharoptosis. In ptosis, the upper eyelid falls to a position that is lower than normal. In severe cases of ptosis, the drooping eyelid can cover part or all of the pupil and interfere with vision, resulting in amblyopia. Treatment of Ptosis is usually a Blepharoplasty Surgery.
Eyelid Twitching (Blepharospasm)
Blepharospasm is an abnormal contraction in the eyelid muscles. These involuntary eyelid twitches can be caused by a number of things, such as: an allergy, an irritation of the eyeball, crying, caffeine, anxiety, or an acute emotional event. Treatments for this are reducing stress or cutting out caffeine, botulinum toxins and in some cases surgery. Dr. Rizzuto's recommendation is botulinum toxins.
Periocular Skin Cancers (Basal Cell/Squamous Cell Carcinoma)
Skin Cancers Around The Eye
For skin cancers around the eye, delicate excision of the lesion with precise reconstruction with or without and possible MOHs surgery are the most common treatment plans. MOHs surgery is a specialized tissue sparing surgical technique used to treat skin cancer on the face. By removing and examining layers of the dermis the skin cancer can be removed while preserving delicate eyelid structures as well as minimize residual scarring on the face.
Skin Cancers Around The Eye
After undergoing Mohs surgery, a specialized and precise surgical procedure for removing skin cancer, reconstruction is the next vital step in the healing process. This phase focuses on restoring the affected area's appearance and function while minimizing scarring. The primary goal of reconstruction after Mohs surgery is to achieve optimal cosmetic results while maintaining the wound's structural integrity.