Should I wait or seek early intervention after blepharoplasty has resulted in lid retraction and ectropia?

I sent a question less than 24 hours ago and so far received 4 replies. I'm confused as saying I need to wait, but on another patient with almost identical problem (also 6 days post op) replies were early intervention would be the best ?

Doctor Answers 4

Waiting is best.

However, your eyes may not tolerate waiting.  The eyelids need to protect the corneal surface.  Under certain circumstances we do intervene early when it is clear that corneal decompensation warrants early intervention.


Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Ectropion after lower blepharoplasty

It is best to wait and not do any more surgery for at least 3 months.  But you can get nonsurgical interventions and other treatments. See an oculoplastic specialist.

Mehryar (Ray) Taban, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Lower lid retraction

From looking at the photo it appears you have lower eyelid cicatricial retraction. You'll need to keep your eye lubricated to prevent it from drying. You'll also need to vigorously massage your lower eyelid upward. If the massage doesn't help, you'll most likely need a repair, but this should wait until you have healed at the minimum 6-8 weeks. Hang in there!!!!

Roger Bassin, MD
Orlando Oculoplastic Surgeon
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