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Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2004 Mar-Apr;6(2):101-4.

Safety of blepharoplasty in patients with preoperative dry eyes.

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Department of Otolaryngoloy--Head and Neck Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. saadatmd@aol.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the safety of blepharoplasty in patients with preoperative dry eyes and to report our surgical technique.

SETTING:

Private practice with academic affiliation.

DESIGN:

Retrospective medical chart review of 67 patients with preoperative dry eyes who underwent blepharoplasty. The technique was modified by preserving the orbicularis oculi muscle and its innervation during upper blepharoplasty.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The severity of preoperative and postoperative eye dryness by patient survey.

RESULTS:

Of the 67 patients, 5 had worsening, 5 had improvement, and 50 had no change in the severity of their dry eyes. Seven patients could not be located for the follow-up survey. Preserving the orbicularis did not affect the cosmetic results.

CONCLUSIONS:

By preserving the orbicularis muscle and its innervation, the dynamics of eyelid closure, tear pumping, and tear distribution are not affected. Blepharoplasty can be a safe operation in patients with dry eyes.

PMID:
15023797
DOI:
10.1001/archfaci.6.2.101
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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