In Asian patients, lateral hooding in the aging upper eyelid is prominent and frequently seen. Removal of the redundant skin of this region during classic blepharoplasty tends to produce a resultant prolonged scar. Furthermore, as the height of the eyelid skin excision increases, suturing of the thick upper skin to the thin pretarsal skin can result in upper lid fullness. This study documents the combination of infrabrow skin excision and upper blepharoplasty to address lateral hooding in select patients of Asian ancestry.
This study is a retrospective chart review of patients who underwent infrabrow skin excision associated with upper blepharoplasty. The inclusion criteria were moderate and severe upper eyelid dermatochalasis in patients with high eyebrows and lateral hooding; residual lateral hooding following previous blepharoplasty.
Thirty-two eyelids of 16 female patients of Japanese ancestry underwent infrabrow skin excision associated with upper blepharoplasty. The mean age of patients was 68.87 ± 7.88 years (57–82 years). Mean follow up was 37.25 ± 18.96 months (9–72 months). Patients were evaluated at 1, 3, 6, and 9 months at least. The Strasser system for evaluation of surgical results was applied at 3 months. All patients had scores indicating good results and were satisfied with the cosmetic outcome and improvement of visual field after surgery. No complications related to wound dehiscence, lagophthalmos, hypertrophic scars, or sensory changes were observed.
The combination of infrabrow skin excision and upper blepharoplasty was effective to address moderate and severe dermatochalasis with lateral hooding in select patients of Japanese ancestry.