Cypress Office
Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery: C. Bob Basu, MD
9899 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 100
Cypress, Texas 77433
Phone: (713) 799-2278

Houston Office
Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery: C. Bob Basu, MD
1200 Binz Street, Suite 950
Houston, Texas 77004
Phone: (713) 799-2278

Eyelid Repair Surgery Houston

Our eyelids are responsible for the health of our eyes by protecting them from environmental conditions, keeping them lubricated, and facilitating good vision. To treat eyelids that have been misaligned and/or misshapen by trauma, skin cancer, scarring, radiation, or surgical complications, board-certified oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Marc Sarcia performs eyelid repair surgery.

At Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sarcia has extensive experience treating malpositioned eyelids. If you suffer from dry, scratchy, red, or watery eyes, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sarcia at our Houston or Cypress offices to discuss eyelid repair.

What causes eyelid malposition?

Eyelids can become misaligned or misshapen due to a variety of factors, including:

  • Age
  • A previous cosmetic eyelid surgery
  • Sun exposure
  • Radiation
  • Certain medicated eye drops
  • Facial scarring from burns
  • Congenital defects
  • Bell’s palsy (paralysis of the facial nerve)

What issues are associated with eyelid malposition?

Misshapen or misaligned eyelids are not just uncomfortable and unsightly—they can also affect your vision and lead to other serious eye issues, such as:

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Bacterial keratitis (corneal infection)
  • Corneal abrasions and lacerations
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Styes and chalazia
  • Herpes keratitis (herpes of the eye)

If non-surgical methods such as artificial tears and ointments have not been effective, surgery is recommended to alleviate your discomfort and prevent future eye issues. Please note that to be considered as a candidate for any surgical procedure, you must have a BMI of 40 or less. If you are in good health and are deemed a good candidate for eyelid repair surgery, Dr. Sarcia will work with you individually to design a surgical plan that will deliver the results you desire.

Types of eyelid repair

Dr. Sarcia specializes in a variety of surgeries to correct misshapen and misaligned eyelids:

Entropion eyelid surgery

Entropion eyelid surgery corrects an eyelid that has turned inward. Inward-facing eyelids can cause the eyelashes to rub against the eye, resulting in irritation, redness, and excessive watering. Dr. Sarcia performs entropion eyelid surgery by removing a small section of the eyelid to tighten the muscle. He may use a skin graft to reposition the eyelid if scarring is present. Additionally, he may inject BOTOX to help the lower eyelid muscle relax and roll outward.

Ectropion eyelid surgery

Ectropion eyelid surgery corrects an eyelid that has turned outward. Patients with outward-facing eyelids have a difficult time closing their eyes fully when they blink, preventing their tears from draining properly. Older patients often suffer from ectropion eyelids because the muscles and tendons in their lower eyelids have weakened. Ectropion surgery may involve one or more of the following techniques:

  • Stretching of scar tissue
  • Removing a small section of the eyelid
  • Performing a skin graft to reposition the eyelid

Eyelid ptosis surgery

Eyelid ptosis occurs when the upper eyelid droops more than normal. This sagging can impair vision, cause discomfort, and look aesthetically unpleasing. Dr. Sarcia corrects eyelid ptosis by detracting the upper eyelid muscle responsible for opening the upper eyelid, improving vision, and providing a more alert appearance to the eyes.

Eyelid retraction surgery

Eyelid retraction is when the upper eyelid is too high or the lower eyelid is too low, exposing an excessive amount of the sclera (the white part of the eye). Eyelid retraction can affect either the lower or upper eyelids. Eyelid retraction surgery can:

  • Improve vision
  • Improve the appearance of the eyes
  • Prevent further eye complications

Upper eyelid retraction surgery

Upper eyelid retraction is most common in patients with thyroid diseases, such as Graves’ disease. To correct upper eyelid retraction, Dr. Sarcia uses a similar process to eyelid ptosis surgery. In addition to surgery, Dr. Sarcia may choose to inject the eyelid with BOTOX to further weaken the muscle.

Lower eyelid retraction surgery

Lower eyelid retraction is typically the result of blepharoplasty complications. For lower eyelid retraction, Dr. Sarcia may perform a skin graft to correct scarring, a facelift to raise the eyelid, or surgery to tighten the corners of the eyes (called canthoplasty).

Recovery from eyelid repair surgery

Most patients can return home on the same day as their surgery. Dr. Sarcia will place a patch over the eye, which should be left in place for 1 to 2 days. Pain is usually minimal, but you may experience some mild discomfort, which can be alleviated with over-the-counter medications. Any swelling and bruising usually subsides after 1 to 2 weeks following surgery, and Dr. Sarcia will remove your sutures after 7 to 10 days.

Looking for cosmetic eye enhancements in Houston?

For cosmetic eyelid enhancements that can increase your field of vision and reduce signs of aging, Dr. Sarcia also performs eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty) at his Houston office.

Schedule your consultation today

To schedule your private consultation with board-certified oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Marc Sarcia at our Houston or Cypress locations, contact us online or call (713) 799-2278.