Nowadays, a sharp, well-defined supratarsal fold and appropriate fullness of the upper eyelid tissue are considered important features of beautiful and youthful eyes. Individuals with thin upper eyelid tissue are at high risk of developing multiple upper eyelid folds and/or sunken appearance after upper blepharoplasty. Innovatively, the authors propose the application of free orbital fat grafting to the postorbicularis oculi space during upper blepharoplasty in order to achieve better aesthetic results.
Fifty Chinese patients with congenital single eyelids combined with mildly sunken upper eyelid tissue were operated on between June 2017 and October 2018. During blepharoplasty, the lateral portion of the orbital septum was dissected, and appropriate lateral orbital fat was harvested. When the double-eyelid fold was formed and skin was interruptedly sutured, the harvested fat was divided into several pieces each side according to the sunken depth, and they were used to replace a layer on two-thirds of the central region of the supraseptal skin-muscle flap through the zipping gaps.
Forty-five patients underwent the follow-up interview for 6 to 18 months with a mean period of 10 months. The satisfaction rate was 82%. No significant asymmetry, irregularities, and sunken upper eyelid and multiple upper eyelid folds occurred.
The lateral orbital fat grafting to the central region of the supraseptal skin-muscle flap during upper blepharoplasty is an effective and simple method to correct or prevent multiple upper eyelid folds and/or sunken upper eyelid in Asians.