A new non-incisional correction method for blepharoptosis

Yusuke Shimizu, Tomohisa Nagasao, Toru Asou

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Abstract

Purpose: The present report introduces our correction method for blepharoptosis, in which major incisions are made on neither the skin nor the conjunctiva of the upper eyelid, and no dissection of the eyelid tissues is required. Methods: After turning the upper eyelid inside out, threads are introduced into it through the conjunctiva close to the superior fornix. Then the superior palpebral levator muscle and the tarsus are connected using threads. This thread application is performed at two-to-four locations of the upper eyelid. By tightening the threads, the tarsus is elevated and the ptotic eyelid is corrected. A total of 624 eyelids in 390 patients with mild or moderate ptosis were operated on with this surgical method. Effectiveness of the treatment was evaluated referring to the degree of improvement. Furthermore, frequencies of complications were evaluated. Results: Among 416 eyelids with mild ptosis, complete correction of ptosis was achieved with 406 eyelids (97.5%). Among 208 eyelids with moderate ptosis, improvement was achieved with 185 eyelids (88.9%), with complete correction for 156 eyelids (75%). Conclusion: Since the present method enables effective correction of the blepharoptosis with a simple technique, minimised recovery time and no scarring, it provides a useful surgical option for the treatment of mild and moderate blepharoptosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2004-2012
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Volume63
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Blepharoptosis
  • Correction
  • Eyelid
  • Tarsus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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