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J Cosmet Dermatol. 2009 Dec;8(4):289-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2009.00463.x.

Suspension suture canthopexy: a minimally invasive procedure for correcting mild to moderate ectropion.

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Department of Dermatology, Division of Dermatologic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94063, USA.



Ectropion of the lower eyelid can occur after blepharoplasty as well as reconstructive procedures. Even mild ectropion can cause irritation or epiphora. Patients with preexisting lid laxity are at higher risk for post procedure ectropion.


To describe a method for canthopexy and discuss its indications, benefits and limitations.


We describe a technique that has been used on dozens of patients by both the authors.


This suspension suture canthopexy corrects mild to moderate ectropion.


Suspension suture canthopexy is effective in patients with the appropriate indications. It can be performed under local anesthesia with minimal complications. Unlike other forms of lid tightening, it does not change the shape of the eye.


Suspension suture canthopexy which is an ancillary procedure for eyelid rejuvenation is valuable procedure to master by the dermatologic surgeon.

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