The natural eyelid has an almond appearance in the outer corner. This outer corner is also 1-2 mm higher than the inner corner when we are born. This angle is pleasing to the eye, and gives a more youthful appearance. With time, the outer corner may fall or droop. This may be a result of the aging process, trauma, or prior eyelid surgery. When the outer corner is not in its natural location, you may also experience an incomplete blink. As a result, your eye may feel dry, and at times wet (the body will reflexively tear to prevent dryness).
This is often a very subtle finding, and an oculoplastic surgeon is uniquely qualified to help identify the issue. An outpatient procedure may correct the issues and restore a more youthful, natural appearance. A small incision is made in the outer corner of the eye in a laugh line. The tendon is repaired to restore the natural almond appearance and place the outer corner of the eye at the proper height. This results in a more pleasing, youthful appearance, and provides proper eyelid closure/function. Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis with minimal postoperative pain. Most patients resume their normal activities one week after surgery.