Reconstructive Eye Plastic Surgery Specialist

Emily Sarah Charlson, M.D., Ph.D. -  - Ophthalmology, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eyelid and Facial Surgery

Emily Sarah Charlson, M.D., Ph.D.

Ophthalmology, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eyelid and Facial Surgery located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Your eyes connect you to the world. When you suffer an injury or medical condition that compromises your eye health, eye surgery can help. As a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), Emily Sarah Charlson, MD, PhD, specializes in reconstructive eye plastic surgery. She serves men and women of all ages at her private office in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Find out more by scheduling your consultation online or calling today.

Reconstructive Eye Plastic Surgery Q & A

What is reconstructive eye plastic surgery?

Reconstructive eye plastic surgery is the field of surgery focused on the orbital region: the eyelids, eye sockets, tear ducts, and surrounding face. The orbital area is complex, and surgical procedures to improve function and health require extensive knowledge and experience.

Improved function is the goal of orbital surgery, but reconstructive plastic surgery takes aesthetics into account, too. Reconstructive plastic surgery is common following eyelid laceration or eyelid trauma, but it’s also an option for people with chronic eye conditions or facial changes triggered by the natural aging process.

Reconstructive eye plastic surgery is completely customized to the individual. If you’re a candidate for reconstructive plastic surgery, Dr. Charlson uses her unique experience to evaluate your needs and your goals for treatment to develop a plan that’s right for you.

What can reconstructive eye plastic surgery treat?

Dr. Charlson recommends reconstructive eye plastic surgery for a wide range of eye issues. She specializes in preserving eye health while improving function and appearance.

Common eye conditions that can affect the orbital region are chalazions, styes, and skin tags. Surgery can remove skin growths to improve the aesthetic appearance of your eyes.

Eyelid problems like drooping upper lids (ptosis) or excessive skin on eyelids (dermatochalasis) can interfere with your field of vision and make you look older, tired, or puffy. Eyelid surgery can lift and remove excess skin, and even correct eyelid asymmetry and eyebrow asymmetry. 

Eyelid malpositioning is diagnosed when your lid turns outward (ectropion) or inward (entropion), and it can be uncomfortable and contribute to dry eye. Eyelid retraction is a condition that causes the eyelid to open too far and reveal excessive white either above or below your iris.

Muscular problems, such as Bell’s Palsy, a type of facial paralysis that affects eyelids, and eyelid spasms (benign essential blepharospasm) may be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but eye surgery can improve both conditions.

Dr. Charlson also offers reconstruction surgery for eyelid skin cancer. She performs Mohs surgery and eyelid reconstruction to remove cancerous cells and restore eyelid form and function.

Why should I choose an ASOPRS surgeon?

The orbital region around the eyes is extremely delicate. Successful plastic and reconstructive eye surgery requires a deep understanding of eye mechanics, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) is an elite group of surgeons with extensive training.

Dr. Charlson is one of only 700 ASOPRS members in the United States. She’s a board-certified ophthalmologist with specialized training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She prioritizes the health of your eyelids, eye sockets, tear ducts, and face, while achieving aesthetic improvements with surgery. 

Trust your reconstructive eye plastic surgery to Dr. Charlson. Learn more by booking a consultation over the phone or online.