Lower Eyelid Malposition - Massage and Steroid Injection
This procedure addresses concerns related to complications that arise due to over correction of the skin during a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. By using massage and steroid injection, this technique helps to correct ectropion, or an outward turning of the lower eyelid.
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About the Procedure
Massage and steroid injection therapy can correct the position of the lower eyelid when signs of abnormal healing and scar tissue related complications are present after a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. When a lower blepharoplasty includes skin removal, there is always a chance that the patient will experience a complication called ectropion, or an outward turning of the lower eyelid. This condition exposes the inner eyelid and can cause eye dryness, excessive tearing, and irritation. Steroid injection and massage therapy can be done preventatively to help decrease keratitis or ulceration after a lower blepharoplasty procedure. Early identification of abnormal healing is key to fixing lower eyelid malposition after a lower blepharoplasty procedure. Steroid injection and massage can help to fix minor issues with eyelid malposition. More serious cases of ectropion will require surgical intervention with either a lateral canthal suspension canthopexy or lateral tarsal strip canthoplasty surgery.
The goal of massage and steroid injection for lower eyelid malposition is to correct mild ectropion by speeding up the healing process and creating greater strength in the surrounding eye muscles.
What to Expect
This procedure addresses concerns related to complications that arise due to over correction of the skin during a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after massage and steroid injection to correct lower eyelid malposition.
- Do not smoke for 4 weeks before and after the procedure
- No alcohol at least 2 days prior
- Steroid injections placed in scarred areas
No recovery time is needed after a steroid injection to correct lower eyelid malposition. Patients will be instructed to massage the area in an upward motion but should not experience any downtime or discomfort.
The ideal candidate for massage and steroid injection for lower eyelid malposition has had a complication caused by excessive skin resection during a lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
Not Recommended For
Massage and steroid injection for lower eyelid malposition is not recommended for patients with severe ectropion or patients who have previously received steroid injections for ectropion with little results and would benefit from surgical correction.
Side effects from massage and steroid injection for lower eyelid malposition are minimal but may include unsatisfactory or varied results.