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How Long Does It Take for Ectropion to Correct Itself After Eyelid Surgery?

I had both lids done 4 weeks ago. I have some ectropion on the outside of both bottom lids.I have been using warm soaks and massage. Should I still be thinking that this will correct itself or has enough time passed to start thinking about some other correction measures?

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Ectropion after eyelid surgery

Unless the ectropion is causing ocular surface damage, waiting is probably the best recommendation since the full healing can take 6-12 months. Even if your eyes feel OK, consider getting a detailed cornea and anterior segment exam (by your ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon) to determine if there are subtle exposure-related changes that may need more intense management.

Irvine Oculoplastic Surgeon

Gottschalk Medical Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697

Ectropion may require revision blepharoplasty.


Of course you should wait several months.  Sometimes injecting a tiny amount of Kenalog helps, depending on the anatomy.  But you may well need a revision blepharoplasty with canthopexy.  Sometimes, lid shortening helps.  This can be tricky surgery.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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New York, NY 10075

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