Will having a facelift improve my scleral show? (photo)

Photos show how bad it's my ectropion n indented scars r on both eyes.

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Support for the lower lids requires several techniques

Good question. I suppose that you have not had any facial surgery except for lower lid blepharoplasty. Your anatomy shows that you have large eyes, longer lower lid length, flatter cheeks (possible vector negative, judged on lateral view), scars on the lower lids, 1-2 mm of scleral show. Other necessary information would include symptoms of dry eye or irritation, lower lid snap test, tear (Shirmers) test and you desire for a facelift. Based on the listed complaints and photos I would consider a multilayer facelift with SMAS elevation and cheek/tear trough fat grafts to support the lower lids. A lower lid tightening canthopexy would also be necessary. There are other considerations depending on your exam but generally the lids are supported by the bedrock underneath (the cheeks) along with the tension of the lid itself. If your lids are a clothesline, you would need to tighten the line and provide support underneath. 
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Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift and Scleral Show

Hi Mely.  A facelift, per se, focuses on the jowls and necklines.  Canthoplasty in the procedure to address scleral show.

Anand G. Shah, MD
San Antonio Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

How improve a scleral show

A facelift will not improve your scleral show. Facelift is a procedure that improves lower face and neck aging and laxity. You may require to have a canthoplasty, a canthopexy to improve your scleral show. You need to visit a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon or Oculoplastic surgeon experienced in correction of blepharoplasty complications.

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 208 reviews

Will a facelift fix my scleral show?

A facelift is most effective at fixing sagging in the cheeks, jowls, and neck. It is not effective in addressing lower eyelid laxity which creates scleral show. You would benefit from a canthopexy procedure which tightens the lower eyelid and anchors the lower eyelid in a more elevated position. Seek out a consultation from a facial plastic surgeon who is experienced in this technique or an oculoplastic surgeon.

Todd C. Miller, MD
Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Face lift for ectropion

Thank you for your face lift question.
  • A face lift will not improve your scleral show
  • Depending on various factors, you may need a canthoplasty, a canthopexy, release of internal scar, skin grafts or more. 
  • You need to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Opthalmoplastic Surgeon or Facial Plastic Surgeon interested and experienced in correction of blepharoplasty complications.
  • Bring your operative report and pre/post op photos with you to the consultation.
  • Best wishes. 

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Facelift correcting scleral show?

A facelift will correct scleral show ONLY if it involves a cathopexy or canoplasty as an ancillary part of the procedure. It appears that this show is due to an ectropion (scarring of the lower eyelid down to the orbital rim). This is unusual, but it can be fixed by releasing the scar on the lower eyelid at the same time as performing one of the above procedures. 

Franklin D. Richards, MD
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 133 reviews

Facelift and Scleral Show

A facelift will generally not correct scleral show. A deep plane facelift is a technique of face lifting surgery that will also life the midface as well as the jowls and the neck. Even with the midface element of the deep plane facelift you will not get enough improvement in that area.  

A canthal tightening procedure seems to be the way to go.  Speak to an facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon or oculoplastic surgeon about this for the best advise as to how to move forward.

Jacob D. Steiger, MD
Boca Raton Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

A facelift will not help scleral show

Scleral show must be treated with a canthoplasty or canthopexy procedure performed by an oculoplastic surgeon.
A facelift will address tightening up the jowls, laxity of the facial and neck muscles, removal of fatty deposits in the neck and tightening up facial and neck skin.
For many examples of what a facelift can accomplish, please see  the link below  to our photo gallery

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

A facelift will not improve malposition of the lower lid after blepharoplasty.

The facelift will have no effect on the position of the lower lids. Revisional lower eyelid surgery will be required the nature of which depends on the reason for the problem.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Canthopexy not facelift is the proper treatment for scleral show.

Thank you for your question. The canthal tendon which supports the lower eyelid must be lifted and tightened to correct scleral show. A scar release may also be necessary. A facelift will not correct the problem. Please consult an expert plastic surgeon who is experienced in eyelid surgery.

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