Upper Eyelid Filling Approach [U.E.F.A.] Technique: State of the Art After 500 Consecutive Patients
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Lately, it has become evident that eye physical aging is mainly due to depletion of the upper eyelid fat causing laxity and wrinkles of the eyelid skin, and new therapeutic strategies aimed at solving the volume loss have appeared in the literature. The aim of this study is to provide a clear classification of upper eyelid aging after 500 consecutive cases and to present a standardization of the therapeutic approach to be adopted when using hyaluronic acid (HA) as fillers or a surgical approach.
The upper eyelid aging process of a total of 500 patients was classified based on the measurement of the pre-tarsal skin show m and the pre-septal skin show N. A total of 382 patients were treated exclusively with HA injections in the upper eyelid, 45 patients both with blepharoplasty surgery and HA filling, whereas only 73 patients underwent blepharoplasty only.
Patient satisfaction and at least 1-year clinical follow-up were used to evaluate the results. Pre-treatment and post-treatment photographic assessment was considered as well. A total of 447 patients were women, whereas 53 were men. The correct ratio between m and N was restored in all cases.
HA filling can be used as either the only volumization procedure or together with blepharoplasty to restore upper eyelid volume loss. The correct strategy has to be selected on the basis of a clear classification. The upper eyelid filling approach is a safe, manageable, lasting and low-cost technique providing excellent results when the correct procedure is followed.
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KeywordsHyaluronic acid filler Augmentation blepharoplasty Upper eyelid Filler oculoplastic surgery Eyelid hollowing correction
The author would like to thank Paola D’Angelo for her assistance in the conceptual design, the realization and the revision of the manuscript and for her invaluable help.
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Conflict of interest
The author declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship and publication of this article.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
All patients enrolled in the study provide informed consents.
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