Eyelid Retraction Repair

What is Eyelid Retraction Repair?

Eyelid retraction causes the eye to appear too open. This can be caused by an upper eyelid that is too high or a lower eyelid that is too low. Often upper eyelid retraction is caused by thyroid eye disease. Lower eyelid retraction can be caused not only by thyroid eye disease but also by aggressive lower eyelid cosmetic surgery, facial nerve palsy, or age-related changes. Retraction can cause difficulty fully closing the eye and irritation and dryness.

How is Eyelid Retraction Repair Performed?

Eyelid retraction repair is performed in an outpatient facility. This surgery may involve a combination of various techniques to return the eyelid to its natural position. Tightening the outer corner of the eyelid, elevating the cheek and grafts may be used to improve the position of the lower eyelid.

Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Retraction Repair?

The goal of this procedure is to return the eyelid to a more normal position and reduce any problem with dryness. The first step is to schedule a consultation with an oculoplastic specialist. Key-Whitman Cosmetic Center will determine the best way to treat the retraction. Eyelid retraction may be considered medically necessary. Photos may be taken and submitted to your insurance to determine coverage.

When Can I Return to Normal Activity?

Expect bruising and swelling after surgery, a majority of which resolves within 2 weeks. Patients must avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 1 week after surgery. Patients may return to work typically within 5-7 days.

To learn more about eyelid retraction repair, contact us at 214-220-3937 to schedule an appointment.

To learn more about cosmetic procedures at Key-Whitman Eye Center, call us at (214) 225-2577 or contact us online.