Upper Blepharoplasty and Correction of Eyelid Ptosis "Non-Functioning Levator Palpebrae Superioris Muscle"
Often times with age, sun exposure, familiar predisposition, or weight fluctuation people are left with excess eyelid skin which results in a heavy upper eyelid appearance giving the patient a “tired look.” The decrease of muscle function of the levator palpebrae muscle over time can result in ptosis of the upper eyelid/involutional ptosis. In rare instances, there is atrophy of the levator palpebrae superioris muscle of the upper eyelid, which results in ptosis of the upper eyelid and visual obstructions. The upper eyelid looses its function, and therefore vision ultimately becomes obstructed.
Case: This patient is a 60-year old male who presented with a chief complaint of unilateral worsening ptosis of the upper eyelid with resulting visual obstruction. After a thorough evaluation and physical examination, it was my opinion that he presented with a dysfunction of the Levator Palpebrae Superioris Muscle, which controls the function of the upper eyelid. My surgical advice was to shorten the levator muscle on the right eyelid and perform a bilateral upper blepharoplasty.
Surgery: Bilateral upper blepharoplasty, right upper eyelid blephroptosis correction with shortening of the levator palpebrae muscle opuroneurosis.
With the 2011 year quickly coming to an end, we would like to share a few key events that our practice took part in throughout 2011.
Medical Mission with FIMHR in the Philippines February-March 2011
This year Dr. Chahin was asked to travel to the Philippines on a medical mission to work with the organization FIMHR (Foundation for International Mental Health and Rehabilitation www.fimhr.org). Alongside a team of other doctors and medical staff, Dr. Chahin performed surgeries to help aid individuals who would otherwise be unable to obtain such procedures. He addressed the plastic surgery Fellows and General Surgery resident students with lectures on Breast Reconstruction after Cancer surgical treatment of “mastectomy”, and General Plastic Surgery Procedures and Techniques.
Relay For Life, Santa Clarita, May 2011
This year the practice took part in RELAY FOR LIFE, an annual event held in Santa Clarita to help raise money and bring awareness to different types of cancer. We hosted a booth to help raise money for Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness.
We provided informational packets about detecting cancer early and spoke with survivors about options for breast cancer reconstruction. Overall it was an amazing experience. The practice raised nearly $1000, and we hope to surpass that mark next year. This event touched the lives of not only our team members, but the community as a whole and we were honored to take part in such an amazing event.
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