Some common causes of eyelid retraction are:

  • Congenital abnormality
  • Thyroid disease
  • Trauma
  • Complications from a previous eye surgery
  • Aging

A surgical repair involves raising or lowering the eyelid to return it to a standard position.

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What Are the Benefits?

Eyelid retraction repair is a surgical solution to an unnatural eye appearance resulting from a rounded shape where the sclera is excessively showing. It also can resolve potential eye health issues generated by this condition. When left untreated, a retracted eyelid can cause:

  • Inability to close the eye
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Excessive tearing

Repairing this condition can be an essential step in increasing quality of life by restoring the eyelid to its natural position.

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How Do I Know If I Am a Good Candidate?

If you are noticing scar tissue around the eyelids, scleral show, an irregular shape, or any abnormalities resulting from previous eye surgery or other health conditions, you may be an excellent candidate for eyelid retraction repair. Dr. Cox is the premier oculofacial surgeon in Boulder, and she would be happy to help you bring back the vitality in your eyes. 

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What Can I Expect from the Procedure?

When repairing the upper eyelid, the muscle that lifts the fold of the upper eye would be lanced, lowering the upper eyelid to the correct position. In cases where the lower eyelid requires oculoplastic surgical repair, a variety of techniques will be considered, many involving a hidden posterior incision.

Occasionally, a skin graft may be used, sometimes in conjunction with a cheek lift, to raise the lower eyelid and reduce the prominence of the sclera. Depending on the type of procedure, Dr. Cox will take into account your health history and craft a treatment plan suitable to your aesthetic goals.

What Is the Recovery Process?

Recovery from eyelid retraction surgery is usually painless and easy, so most patients are able to resume their regular activities the next day.

You may experience some bruising or swelling that is alleviated with cold compresses. These symptoms will disappear after a few weeks.

A patch is placed over the eye for the first 24-48 hours to offer protection. For optimal results, you will want to avoid any heavy exercise or lifting for the first few weeks of healing.

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When will I be able to see the final results?

Is eyelid retraction repair covered by insurance?

What are some of the risks?

When will I be able to see the final results?

The results are most prominent by the six-month mark of the healing process.

Is eyelid retraction repair covered by insurance?

Medical insurance companies typically cover oculoplastic surgical procedures if there is a significant obstruction or impact on the patient’s vision that impairs daily activities. Talk to your medical provider to find out exactly what your health insurance policy will cover.

What are some of the risks?

While eyelid retraction surgery is generally safe, some of the potential risks are:

  • Persistent numbness
  • Infection
  • Corneal abrasion (heals within a couple days)

Dr. Cox is a very experienced oculofacial surgeon in Boulder, CO, and she will prioritize your health and safety, delivering exceptional care and exemplary results.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have questions about eyelid retraction repair, schedule your consultation in Boulder, CO. Dr. Cox specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and brows using a natural, holistic approach. Looking and feeling healthy can have a tremendous impact on one’s outlook on life, so there is no need to wait any longer to see the changes you desire.

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