What you should know about Eyelid Retraction Surgery
Both upper and lower eyelid retraction commonly occur in patients suffering from Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). Fortunately, eyelid retraction is correctable and this can be done at the same time as the orbital decompression or later.
Upper eyelid retraction correction called Müllerectomy is performed through the inside of the upper eyelid. Lower eyelid retraction correction is performed through the same incision used for the orbital decompression surgery and involves releasing the upper and lower eyelid retractors, horizontally tightening and vertically lifting the lower eyelid. The horizontal tightening of the eyelid is achieved through a procedure called canthopexy or canthoplasty that tightens the lateral eyelid tendon. The vertical lift of the lower eyelid is achieved using a mid-face lift technique that provides support to the lower eyelids and pushes it upwards.
Length of surgery: 20-30 min
Anesthesia: IV sedation or general anesthesia
Hospitalization: ambulatory (day surgery)
Downtime: 1-2 weeks