What is the procedure entail when doing a skin graft to repair a lower eye lid?

Q:

My lower eyelid is drooping so much that you can see the red inside the lower lid and it waters all the time, due to a stopped up tear duct. My doctor wants to do a skin graft to pull the lower lid back into place. When I consulted (on the phone) another doctor they said the procedure they do is to stitch the lid in the outer corner of my eyes. I am leery about the skin graft and would like to know what is involved as well as the recovery time. Thank you.

A:

Hi Duck! Unless you have lost lower eyelid skin through a burn or similar injury, it is unlikely that a skin graft is the right operation.  A procedure to lift and tighten the corner of your eye (canthoplasty) will generally permit a quicker recovery and a better result than a skin graft.  A consultation with a plastic surgeon who can offer both procedures is your best next step.

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