Adjustable V-Flap Epicanthoplasty Based on Desired Eyelid Morphology
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Eyelid shape is one key distinctive feature of the Asian eye. The presence of epicanthal folds is a common eyelid defect of Asians. Different surgical techniques have been developed to correct epicanthal folds. However, potential problems with these techniques are emerging, such as difficulty in design, recurrence and/or prominent scarring after surgery, and restricted application together with double eyelidplasty. An improved epicanthoplasty technique with high simplicity and flexibility is imperative. From October 2000 to March 2017, we performed V-flap epicanthoplasty procedures on 423 Asian patients. The whole procedure, including V-shaped skin incision, myotomy and pilication of the medial canthal ligament was performed layer by layer. A similar palpebral fissure distance and inner canthal distance were acquired with this surgical operation. Besides, this surgical technique will not cause limitations on double eyelid morphology when a double blepharoplasty is performed at the same period. The V-flap epicanthoplasty we described here is able to fully correct the epicanthal folds with a simple and flexible design, and the surgery can be adjusted according to patient needs for desired double eyelid shape. Satisfactory results were ideally achieved with no recurrence and finer scar.
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KeywordsEpicanthal folds V-flap epicanthoplasty Flexible design Double blepharoplasty
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