Repairing an Ectropion, What Techniques Are Used?

How does the Surgeon determine what type of procedure is needed to repair an ectropion? Before the surgery, during, or after? How is symetry determined? Is it just a crap shoot to see if one eye will match the other after the surgery? when the swelling subsides?

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Types of Ectropion Repairs

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The simple answer to your question would depend upon your physical examination and how bad the ectropion is and whether it is the result of scarring in certain layers of your eyelid. Therefore, the technique would vary depending upon your actual condition.

Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ectropion repair

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  Well, certainly it is not a "crapshoot" to try to make the two eyes look alike after surgery.  But there are no guarantees either.  Best advice is to see an experienced oculoplastic surgeon and place your faith in his or her hands.

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Surgeon makes decisions before and during surgery

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Most ectropion procedures that I do are planned during the examination in the office, although  rarely the plan is changed during the operation if something is found that changes the assessment. Although the primary goal of ectropion repair is to get the eyelid back in position touching the eyeball, achieving a good cosmetic result is important in every eyelid operation. Symmetry is an important part of a  good aesthetic outcome, and a successful procedure will not only correct the ectropion but restore symmetry of the shape and height of the eyelids.

Jeffrey Schiller, MD
Edison Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Repairing an Ectropion, What Techniques Are Used?

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The exact technique will depend on what the underlying problem is (there are several types of ectropion) and what the desired cosmetic result is.  Speak to a qualified Oculoplastic surgeon.  Good luck.

Sam Goldberger, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon

Repairing an Ectropion, What Techniques Are Used?

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The answer to your question woulod take several chapters in a textbook to answer and 8-10 years of specialty education to understand. Find a doctor you trust and let him examine you and take care of the problem

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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No, it's not a crapshoot.

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However, repairing ectropion is reconstructive surgery to address typically a lower eye that rolls away from the eye creating an abnormal gap between the eye and the eyelid. The precise nature of what method is employed to address your concern depends on the precise nature of your issues. The American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery maintains a geographic directory on their website that will help you find a well qualified surgeon in your area (ASOPRS dot org).

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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