It will likely shock very few people when we say that plastic surgery is a field that is drowning in jargon. To be sure, that jargon is useful; surgeons need to be very precise about what they’re speaking of. But that precision is often difficult to translate into laymen’s terms.
That’s why today we’re looking at some eyelid surgery techniques that have some intimidating phraseology—but once we unmask what they’re really talking about, you’ll feel comfortable with what they’re describing. So let’s take a look at a few of these procedures and unmask what that complicated terminology might be hiding.
Under Eye Cannula Technique
This one sounds a little intimidating, doesn’t it? Cannula might seem like kind of a scary word, but it’s actually a term for a very tiny tube. Perhaps the most common context in which you’d see the word “cannula” is when discussing liposuction—in those cases a cannula is used to help remove fat from unwanted areas of the body.
However, in this context, we’re talking about using something called a microcannula instead of a needle. The “Under eye cannula technique” involves using this device—a microcannula (the “under eye cannula”)—to avoid bruising. The microcannula is actually a bit more blunt than a needle, so it doesn’t pierce any blood vessels the way a needle might.
This can be especially handy if you’re getting a tear trough treatment with injectable fillers, for example. The microcannula allows for the injection of fillers (in order to add volume to the tear trough), but generally won’t cause subsequent bruising. Bruising in the tear trough can be particularly aggravating because it will make it look like you’ve either got black eyes or dark circles under your eyes—exactly what the treatment was supposed to mitigate.
Now that we’ve “decoded” what an under eye cannula technique is, you can see what a great resource this is for patients.
Here’s another word that’s tough to wrap your head around, much less pronounce. Ptosis (pronounced “toe”-“sis”) is simply the medical term for drooping eyelids. Drooping eyelids can actually manifest for a wide variety of reasons, from excess skin to displacement of fat and other tissues.
However they form, drooping eyelids are usually seen as bad news. They can obstruct your vision (effectively making it more difficult to see out of your eyes, no matter how great your eyesight may be). They can also make you look a lot older than you actually are—if the eyes are the window to the soul, Ptosis closes the curtains on the windows.
In general, an upper eyelid lift can help relieve Ptosis symptoms. However, a true “Ptosis Surgery” will also look to address the muscles that cause the drooping in the first place. After all, sometimes that drooping is caused not by excess tissue but by the simple weakening of that muscle.
During a Ptosis treatment, that muscle will be given some added structure and strength. This will enable those muscles to grip on to your eyelid a little bit better—meaning it will be easier for you to keep those curtains open.
The benefits of this procedure are quite pronounced. Patients will be able to see better and will, in many cases, be seen better as well. The eyes will seem more open, more alert, more joyful. For patients who are fighting against the signs—and stigmas—of aging, this is a great benefit to this procedure.
Going to Your Surgeon for Clarity
If you’re researching plastic surgery, it’s likely that you’re going to encounter many of these chunks of jargon that need to be decoded. If you want to know more about these procedures—or other jargon—contact Dr. Rostami or Dr. Nazemzadeh to get as much “decoded” as you want during a private consultation.