What you should know about Canthopexy
Eyelid laxity and Ectropion are conditions where the lower eyelids turn out or sag. This can be corrected with a 15-20 minute procedure performed under local anesthesia called a canthopexy. The patient goes home immediately after and two days later can resume normal activities. Although a canthopexy can be performed as a standalone cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, it is most commonly performed in conjunction with other procedures such as a lower blepharoplasty, a facelift or ptosis surgery.
Sagging of the lower eyelid and rounding of the lateral corner of the eye are usually the result of tissue laxity from aging. Sometimes, this can be the consequence of prior surgery. It can also be the result of facial nerve paralysis (Bell’s palsy), trauma, scarring, or other surgeries. When the lower eyelid is droopy, the eye becomes exposed to the air resulting in dry eyes. If not treated, it can lead to eyelid swelling, mucous in the eyes, tearing and decreased vision. In addition, the unnatural look (rounding of the eye and white sclera visible under the colored part of the eye) can make one feel uncomfortable with his or her appearance. The Canthopexy is the procedure of choice for treating the round eye and for correcting the lower lid laxity and descent.
Length of surgery: 15-30 min
Anesthesia: local or light sedation
Hospitalization: ambulatory (day surgery)
Downtime: 1 week