Eyelid Repair Overview
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
"All Doctors should be this efficient! Great location! Great office! Eye lid procedure was excellent!"- V. / Vitals / Jul 09, 2015
"This doctor really made me feel good and look good. I love my new eyelids and can't thank him enough."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 04, 2015
"Unparalleled care and compassion from this highly rated doctor. Dr. Gordon called me the night of surgery and monitored my progress closely for a smooth recovery. Very skilled and personable."- M.F. / Wellness / Feb 08, 2016
"i feel so much better - Westchester, NY - The office is completely professional. I immediately felt comfortable. Im not the ordinary patient I had two floor fractures on my left eye that left my under eye very puffy. I thought me as a patient would be a difficult high risk case… This doctor is not only handsome, he is educated, professional, humorous, certified, and case sensitive. I made the best choice to come to an eye surgeon to help me because I did not want surgery. I look and feel refreshed!!"- D. / RealSelf / Sep 13, 2015
"Carrying Those Eye Bags Way Too Long. Mamaroneck, NY - Not only is Dr. Gordon expertly and technically skilled, he is a genuine person who cares about how you look when surgery is completed. He takes time to explain the process, how you will feel during and after surgery, and the results you can expect. He is not full of fluff and glitz, talks honestly and openly and makes you feel comfortable. He is the kind of person you want to give a great big hug to after all is said and done. And you will!"- J. / RealSelf / Dec 27, 2015
Eyelid Repair Surgical Technique
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.
Eyelid Repair During/After Surgery
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.
Eyelid Repair Expected Cost
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.