What is Ectropion?
Ectropion of the eyelid is a condition when the lower eyelid droops downward and begins to turn out. It’s usually a result of the aging process as the cartilage of the lower lid becomes stretched over time, but disease or injury can sometimes cause it as well. If your lower lid has begun to turn out and cause eye irritation, you may be a candidate for Ectropion Repair in St. Louis.
While Ectropion Repair will make you look better, it’s also necessary for the health of your eye. For this reason, your health insurance will probably cover the cost of your surgery. Without the procedure, you will most likely experience:
- Dryness and excessive crusting on your eyelid.
- Excessive tearing of the affected eye.
- Sensitivity to dust and wind because your lower lid is no longer sufficiently protecting your eye or cleansing it properly with your tears when you blink.
Eventually, you could even suffer eye scarring as a result of the foreign bodies that can reach your eye without the protection of the lower lid. In extreme cases, an untreated ectropion eyelid can even lead to blindness. Therefore, it’s very important to have the condition corrected as soon as possible.
Ectropion Repair Consultation
When you arrive at our office, you will need to provide a medical history. We need to know about any major illnesses or problems you have had, such as heart disease, hypertension, prior surgeries (especially facial surgery), etc.
We also need to know your medication history, including medications or supplements that thin the blood. All over-the-counter pain/fever reducers (except Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are off limits for a week before eyelid surgery, as are herbal medications such as ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, fish oil, flax seed oil, and vitamin E.
Dr. Holds will thoroughly discuss the surgery with you. A mutual understanding of the goals, expectations, and outcomes is essential to a great result!
An examination is then performed to look for any eye conditions such as a dry eye. This could limit or alter the surgical plan and be a possible post-operative concern. As a board-certified ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), as well as an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, Dr. Holds is attuned to eye diseases and concerns. Some of the best facial and cosmetic surgeons in the area regularly refer patients to Dr. Holds because of his expertise and ability to operate safely on patients who are at higher risk for complications.
Ectropion Repair Procedure
This simple procedure only takes about 15 minutes, and you only need a local anesthetic and mild sedation to prevent you from feeling any pain.
Dr. Holds will shorten and tighten your lower lid so that it looks normal once again. This is done by making a tiny incision in the outer corner of your eyelid so that just enough of the excess tissue of the lower lid can be removed.
When your lid is stitched back into place, it will be tighter to your eye as it was before the sagging began, and your eye will no longer be so vulnerable to irritants.
Ectropion Repair Recovery
Recovery from this surgery is usually very easy. You will need to use antibiotic ointment and wear an eye patch for a week. You may experience some minor bruising and inflammation, but this is generally very minimal.
The stitches that are used will dissolve on their own within a week or two, so you don’t have to return to our office to have them removed.
Bear in mind that Ectropion Repair is a specialized surgery that absolutely must be performed by an experienced ophthalmic plastic surgeon or ophthalmic cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Holds and his associates in St. Louis.
Schedule a Consultation
Call our office today at 314-567-3567 for a consultation to find out how Ectropion Repair can restore your health and appearance.