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Treating Tear Trough Deformity: Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty with Fat Pad Repositioning and Fixation in the Intranasal Mucosa—18 Years’ Experience

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Abstract

Introduction

With aging, progressive changes occur in the eyelid region. The novel technique for repositioning of the fat pads described herein addresses Hester classification type II, lower eyelid aging with minimal decrease in the eyelid/cheek juncture.

Materials and Methods

In this retrospective study of patients undergoing surgery at our clinic between 2000 and 2018, 92 were classified as Hester II and a transconjunctival surgical procedure was performed with repositioning of the fat pads and intranasal fixation assisted by the Casagrande needle.

Results

Erasure of the nasojugal fold was observed in all patients, offering a greater uniformity in the convexity of the middle third and resulting in better rejuvenation of the target area while eliminating visible scarring from a suture through the skin.

Discussion

The repositioning of fat pads using intranasal fixation offers the necessary anchoring qualities without worrying about unsightly scars or the need to remove stitches early, which can decrease the proper scarring and adhesion of the pads in their new pockets.

Conclusion

The quality and longevity of the results of this retrospective study allow us to offer this novel fat pad fixation method in transconjunctival blepharoplasty.

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Garcia, C.P., Badin, A.Z.D. Treating Tear Trough Deformity: Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty with Fat Pad Repositioning and Fixation in the Intranasal Mucosa—18 Years’ Experience. Aesth Plast Surg 43, 695–701 (2019) doi:10.1007/s00266-019-01353-1

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Keywords

  • Eyelid
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Tear trough
  • Nasojugal sulcus
  • Fat pad