Lower eyelids that become pulled down after cosmetic lower blepharoplasty is called lower eyelid retraction. More specifically, it is referred to as post-blepharoplasty lower eyelid retraction. This is a devastating complication emotionally, psychologically, and functionally (as it can lead to true eye problems). When one looks in the mirror and no longer sees themselves, it’s overwhelming. It often leads to various degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Post-blepharoplasty lower eyelid retraction should be taken very seriously and should only be repaired by an expert in corrective eyelid surgery, like Dr. Guy Massry in Beverly Hills. After performing corrective surgery for this problem for over 20 years, Dr. Massry is a true specialist at repairing this problem. Below Dr. Massry outlines 7 tips for the best lower lid retraction repair results.

How to Get the Best Lower Lid Retraction Repair Results

#1 – The best way to avoid lower lid retraction is to prevent it.

The initial examination dictates what should and should not be done in primary lower blepharoplasty. When patients are screened properly, the appropriate procedure can be selected to prevent this problem.

Dr. Massry’s Tip: Only see a proven eyelid specialist with experience in lower lid blepharoplasty.

#2 – The chances of lower lid retraction significantly increase when the incision is done through the skin. 

Lower lid retraction almost exclusively occurs when surgery is done through the skin of the lower eyelid. This is known as transcutaneous surgery or open approach surgery. This is not a bad procedure – but it is the wrong procedure in many patients.

Dr. Massry’s Tip: See an experienced eyelid specialist who knows how to identify who should not have this transcutaneous surgery.

#3 – Lower lid retraction is more common in patients with prominent eyes.

Lower eyelid retraction is especially prevalent in patients who have prominent eyes and a weak orbicularis muscle (the eyelid closing muscle) who have transcutaneous surgery.

Dr. Massry’s Tip: Do not have transcutaneous surgery when these issues exist.

#4 – Lower lid retraction repair requires a graft.

Corrective surgery often requires lengthening the lower eyelid internally with a graft. There are many options from this graft – but tissue from your own body is best and leads to less inflammation.

Dr. Massry’s Tip:  Only see a proven eyelid specialist with experience in grafts to repair lower lid retraction. 

#5 – Have realistic expectations for your results.

Your eyes will never be like they did prior to the problem developed, but they can be MUCH better if surgery is done correctly.

Dr. Massry’s Tip: Make sure you have a very honest conversation with your surgeon about what sort of results are realistic for you. 

#6 – Eyelid retraction repair is an incredibly complex procedure.

This is complicated and artistic surgery to correct, so be very careful with your choice of who does it.

Dr. Massry’s Tip: Only see a proven eyelid specialist with experience with this problem. Ask to see before and after pictures of patients similar to you, as well as find out how many of these procedures the surgeon does every year. 

#7 – Great surgery will make you feel like yourself again.

If surgery is done properly you will look and feel a lot better!!!

Dr. Massry’s Tip: Choose a specialist in post-blepharoplasty eyelid retraction so you get the best results possible. 

Finding the Best Lower Lid Retraction Repair Results Surgeon

Dr. Massry has dedicated much of his career to correcting post blepharoplasty lower eyelid retraction. As such, he has published numerous articles and textbook chapters on the subject, as well as has been invited to lecture around the world to teach other physicians his cutting-edge surgical techniques. He is happy to see you if you suffer from this eyelid deficit and want to learn how to get the best lower lid retraction repair results.

Before & After Fixing Lower Lid Retraction After Blepharoplasty

Below you will find a few representative examples of lower lid retraction repair.

Example 1 –  This woman had previous transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty with subsequent lower eyelid retraction (left). After surgical repair with Dr. Massry she was much improved (right).

Lower lid retraction repair

Example 2 – This man had multiple previous attempted repairs for his lower eyelid retraction (left) after a primary transcutaneous surgery. This is his result after Dr. Massry’s repair (right).

Male lower lid retraction repair

Example 3 – This woman travelled from Asia to see Dr. Massry. She was devastated by her post blepharoplasty lower eyelid retraction (left). She was so happy after Dr. Massry’s repair (right).

lower lid retraction repair - dr guy massry - beverly hills

Example 4 – This is a final example of the same. On left is a patient with post blepharoplasty lower eyelid retraction after transcutaneous blepharoplasty. On right after Dr. Massry’s repair

lower lid retraction surgery - revision eyelid - dr guy massry

View more patients in our Lower Lid Retraction Repair photo gallery. 

Contact Dr. Massry Today!

If you experienced post-blepharoplasty lower lid retraction, please contact our office today at 310-657-4302 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Massry.