Purpose: To retrospectively determine the incidence of deepening of the superior sulcus after isolated CO2 laser lower transconjunctival blepharoplasty.
Methods: Retrospective case review and prospective measurement of the amount of fat resected in isolated laser lower blepharoplasty in 39 patients.
Results: Significant deepening of the superior sulcus occurred in 10% of CO2 laser lower transconjunctival blepharoplasties. The amount of fat resected ranged from 0.4 to 0.9 ml per eyelid, with an average of 0.55 ml.
Conclusions: Upper eyelid changes may be an overlooked result of CO2 laser lower transconjunctival blepharoplasty.
This retrospective study found an incidence of 10% of deepening of the superior sulcus after CO2 laser-assisted lower transconjunctival blepharoplasty.
*University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.; †St Vincent’s Medical Center, New York City, New York, U.S.A.; and ‡New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Acepted April 26, 2004.
Presented as a poster at the Annual Scientific Symposium of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Orlando, Florida, on October 18, 2002.
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