What is Ectropion?
Ectropion of the eyelid is a condition in which 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 causes eye irritation, you may be a candidate for Ectropion Repair at Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri.
Reasons For Ectropion Repair
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 repair, 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.
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What To Expect During Your Consultation With Dr. Holds
When you arrive at our St. Louis office, you will need to provide your 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.
During the consultation, Dr. Holds will thoroughly discuss the ectropion repair surgery with you. A mutual understanding of the goals, expectations, and outcomes is essential to a great result!
Dr. Holds will then perform an examination 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
Ectropion repair with Dr. Holds is a simple procedure and only takes about 15 minutes. You will only need a local anesthetic and mild sedation to prevent you from feeling any pain.
For the procedure, 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.
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.
What Dr. Hold’s Patients Say
“I am 100% satisfied with my experience at Dr. Hold’s office. The staff is so friendly & their customer service is unparalleled. I was a little nervous about the procedure but the staff & Dr. Holds put me at ease. I can not say enough good things about this office. The results of my procedure are top notch & everything that I had hoped the results would be. I would recommend Dr. Hold’s to anyone. The attention to detail, the actual procedure, the customer service, the follow ups & the end results were more than I expected.”
Recovery After Ectropion Surgery
Recovery from ectropion 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.
Schedule a Consultation
Call our office today at 314-567-3567 for a consultation with Dr. Holds to find out how Ectropion Repair can restore your health and appearance. Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Inc serves St. Louis, St. Peters, and surrounding areas in Missouri.