For those with facial paralysis, a common problem is the functioning of the eyelid. In these cases, a person experiencing facial palsy may not be able to control their eyelid function, resulting in an eye that does not close or blink. Beyond the appearance, this problem poses a risk for eye damage and even blindness. For those with prolonged paralyzed eyelids, surgery may be recommended to restore eyelid movement.
Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, is one of most respected facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons to offer facial paralysis treatment. His background includes being a founding member of Mount Sinai’s Facial Nerve Paralysis Program, and Dr. Rosenberg has a dual board certification as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. His expertise in this specialized field of facial reconstruction is needed to perform various types of paralyzed eyelid surgeries that can restore eyelid movement and protect the vision of his patients.
Gold Weight Eyelid Surgery
One of the most effective surgical options for improving function in a paralyzed eyelid is adding gold weights to the lid. The extra weight allows the patient to use gravity to close and blink the eye, allowing for protection and reduced discomfort. Dr. Rosenberg tailors each surgery to the patient, choosing the right sized weight to add to the upper eyelid. He utilizes his expertise as a facial plastic surgeon to hide the incision in the crease of the eyelid. In addition, the lower eyelid may need tightening to ensure proper function when closing or blinking the eye.
Eyelid paralysis can jeopardize the eye, causing dryness and increasing the risk of damage or infection. If you have ongoing eyelid paralysis and want to determine whether gold weight eyelid surgery is right for you, contact the office of Dr. Rosenberg in NYC or Staten Island. During your consultation and evaluation, Dr. Rosenberg will discuss your options and let you know if you are a candidate for paralyzed eyelid surgery.