Although there are many procedures reported in the literature regarding the partial incision double-eyelid blepharoplasty, the current methods still have potential problems such as unstable and limitation of application. In this study, the authors developed a 3–mini-incision technique that minimizes tissue injury and provides a tough connection between the levator aponeurosis and skin. With this method, 3 minute incisions (3–4 mm) are made in the upper eyelid. Through these incisions, the whole strip of pretarsal orbicularis oculi muscle under the inferior incision line and the excessive fat can be removed. This technique gives a stable and natural-looking supratarsal fold, with invisible scar, minimal complications, and a short recovery period; and can be applied to patients with fatty eyelids. This method has the benefits of both nonincisional and full-incisional techniques, and avoids the disadvantages of the current partial incisional methods.
From the Departments of *Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and †Otorhinolaryngology, Yiwu Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou; ‡Department of Dermatology, Second Affiliated Hospital and Yuying Children’s Hospital of Wenzhou Medical College, Wenzhou; and §Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
Received February 21, 2012, and accepted for publication, after revision, June 15, 2012.
Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.
Reprints: Fan Xiling, MD, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. E-mail: email@example.com.