There are more than fifteen bones and muscles that contribute to the periorbital area, with a rich interplay between the structures surrounding the eye. Treatment requires a full understanding of function and form. Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Marco Ellis provides care for patients with deformities or wounds involving their upper and lower eyelids, eye socket, eyebrows, cheek and cheekbones.
Candidacy for Eyelid and Orbit Reconstruction
Common indications for eyelid surgery include:
- Ptosis (low-riding upper eyelid)
- Ectropion (malposition of the lower eyelid)
- Blepharospasm (inadvertent squinting)
- Facial paralysis
What to Expect during Your Consultation
During your consultation, Dr. Ellis’ goal is to investigate the underlying cause of the asymmetry, whether it’s congenital or related to a previous surgery/injury. Testing in the form of cross-sectional imaging (CT, MRI) can provide insight into the necessary areas of improvement. Dr. Ellis utilizes digital photographs and 3D simulation to demonstrate proposed treatment plans.
Treatments can be as simple as use of fillers/Botox to camouflage asymmetry or laser therapy designed to improve skin quality and pigment. In many situations, reconstructive surgery is required to achieve one or more of the following:
- Restore motion to the upper eyelid
- Provide support to the lower eyelid
- Restore the eye to a more symmetric position
Dr. Ellis collaborates with representatives from Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Departments of Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Oncology to provide multidisciplinary care for patients with periorbital concerns.