Eyelid repair is a specialized reconstructive surgery that treats the condition ectropion or entropion eyelids. Ectropion is a "turning out" of the eyelid that prevents tears from draining out of the eye correctly, which often results in irritation. Entropion is a "turning in" of the eyelid that causes the lid and lashes to rub painfully against the cornea. Dr. James Gordon, an oculofacial plastic surgeon with offices in Westchester County and New York City, is an award-winning cosmetic surgeon with over 16 years of experience in eyelid repair surgery. Dr. Gordon performs eyelid repair to restore and enhance the natural beauty of his patients.
Ectropion is a disorder in which the eyelids tend to turn outward, exposing the underside of the eyelid and leaving it vulnerable to infection. This may be accompanied by or contribute to the formation of ailments such as conjunctivitis, interstitial keratitis, and excessive dryness of the eyes.
Entropion is a disorder in which the eyelids tend to turn inward, causing irritation of the eye. It can be caused by a congenital defect, aging, spasm, inflammation from other ocular disorders or scars from previous trauma. The cornea can be severely irritated if this is not corrected.
Eyelid Repair Reviews
"Westchester Eye Associates is the premier place for eye/vision care. I can't say enough great things about them. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable. Particularly, Dr. James Gordon, he was wonderful. I made an excellent decision seeing him. He did my upper double eyelid surgery January 2011. In the initial visit, he was courteous, and very patient. He took time to explain what the procedure entails and I left feeling totally confident in his abilities. The surgery went very smoothly and the recovery was just as he explained. I feel that Dr. Gordon's expertise minimized my down time, to almost nothing. I am loving the results. Dr. James Gordon is also a fantastic ophthalmologist. I go to him for all my eye care. Just last week he revised a cataract surgery I had undergone a few years ago, and today I see 20/20. No pain, no scars, no regrets"- K.C. / Vitals / Aug 15, 2013
"Symmetrical Eyelids - I've been contemplating either surgery for a long time because both eyelids are different heights. Often people asked me if I'm tired where if I had an injury to one night due to the closing of that island. I went to see Dr. Gordon who explained the problem and clear easy to understand words and even drew out the procedure he was going to perform. After the surgery dr. Gordon called me that night to see how I was feeling he also call me the next day to make sure I was comfortable. One week after the surgery I saw the doctor and he and I both were very pleased with the results. I can't believe that in only one week my eyes are symmetrical again and people have stop noticing my eyes altogether. Thank you Dr. Gordon for making me feel normal again."- M.V. / Vitals / Dec 30, 2014
"AMAZING Difference!!! - I'm astonished with how a simple injection off fillers in my tear trough and cheek area could make such a HUGE difference in my appearance. I saw Dr. Gordon for a blepharoplasty consult. He suggested I use A Restylane instead to hide my bags and plump up my cheeks. I easily look 10-20 years younger now without surgery! The procedure took 10 minutes and I went back to work the same day. Thank you Dr. Gordon ð??"- E. / Vitals / Mar 11, 2015
"Loving my new eyes! - Dr. Gordon performed upper & lower blepharoplasty procedure on me. He did an amazing job. I am loving my new eyes now. I no longer look tired and sick. This made me a happy person too! Thank you!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 13, 2015
"Upper & Lower Eyelid Surgery - Perfect job done on my upper & lower eyelids. I am highly appreciative of the doctor's superb skills, judgement and knowledge. Thank you Dr Gordon!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 25, 2015
Ectropion and entropion disorders generally needs to be corrected through a brief surgical procedure in which the eyelids are repositioned. The area is numbed with a local anesthetic and sometimes light sedation is provided as well. For ectropion or entropion due to muscle weakness, the surgery may involve the removal of a small section of eyelid to tighten the muscles in the area. When it is caused by scars or prior surgery, the procedure typically relies on a skin graft to allow a repositioning of the eyelid.
Most eyelid repair surgeries take about 30 minutes to complete. Patients should expect to have temporary swelling, redness, and mild pain around their eyes for the first 2 weeks after the surgery. Dr. Gordon advises patients to rest as much as possible and take at least 1 week off from work. Patients should schedule a follow up appointment for 2 weeks after the surgery so Dr. Gordon can evaluate their results and answer any questions or concerns the patient may have.
Since eyelid repair surgery is considered a medical condition, it is usually covered by insurance. Patients will give their insurance information to Dr. Gordon’s office so exact coverage can be determined before the procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Repair FAQs
Lubricating eye drops may be used to lessen certain symptoms such as dry eyes. Temporary relief can also sometimes be found by using Botox, skin tape to hold the eyelid in place or strategically placed stitches for patients with ectropion eyelids. Entropion eyelids can only be treated with eyelid surgery and surgery is the only permanent solution for ectropion eyelids.
Entropion eyelids usually occurs as a result of aging, but other causes can include injury, congenital defect and various inflammatory conditions. A spasm can cause the lid to turn inward. Ectropion eyelids can be caused by aging, facial nerve paralysis, a congenital birth defect, or scar tissue from previous trauma.
One or Both Eyelids?
Dr. Gordon will customize each eyelid surgery to best suit the needs of the patient, including performing surgery on only one eyelid if needed. If both eyelids need surgery, but one needs more correction than the other, Dr. Gordon will adjust his technique to ensure the eyes and eyelids will be as even and symmetrical as possible.