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Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2002 Jan;18(1):40-4.

No-scar Asian epicanthoplasty: a subcutaneous approach.

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  • 1Oculoplastic Surgery, Inc, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102, USA. dryen@prodigy.net



The epicanthal fold is a normal finding in the medial portion of the upper eyelid in many Asians. We describe a simple technique of removing the excess muscle and softening or eliminating the epicanthal fold without making incisions in the medial canthal region, thus avoiding complications such as scarring or web formation


Interventional case series. The subcutaneous epicanthoplasty was performed on all Asian patients undergoing concurrent upper eyelid blepharoplasty or aponeurotic ptosis repair.


Thirty-eight Asian patients underwent epicanthal fold correction between January 1996 and December 2000. All patients had softening of the epicanthal fold; however, some cases of mild undercorrection were noted.


Softening or elimination of the Asian epicanthal fold can be accomplished without making skin incisions in the medial canthal region. Our technique is a simple, graded procedure that can be performed in conjunction with upper blepharoplasty or ptosis repair.

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