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Revision Surgery for Undercorrected Blepharoptosis After Frontalis Sling Operation Using Autogenous Fascia Lata

Lee, Ju-Hyang, M.D.*; Woo, Kyung In, M.D.; Kim, Yoon-Duck, M.D.

Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: September/October 2018 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p 487–490
doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001152
Surgical Techniques

Purpose: Undercorrected blepharoptosis can be encountered after frontalis sling operation. Revision surgery for undercorrection has commonly involved introducing a new sling material. We describe and evaluate a simple surgical technique to correct undercorrection by adjusting preexisting fascia.

Methods: This is a retrospective interventional case series of patients undergoing sling revision between February 2010 and February 2017. Skin incision was made on the previous incision line. Careful dissection was performed superiorly to identify a preexisting fascia, and the dissected fascia was reattached to the tarsal plate using nonabsorbable sutures with adjustments for eyelid height and contour. The success of the procedure was defined as less than 1 mm of difference in the marginal reflex distance 1 of both eyes without any contour deformity.

Results: Twenty-one eyelids in 18 patients were included with a mean follow-up of 17.5 months (range 6–48) and a mean age of 14.7 years (range 5–57). All patients had undergone frontalis sling with autogenous fascia lata for congenital ptosis. Undercorrection due to recurrent ptosis was found in 12 eyelids, and contour deformity such as temporal ptosis was found in 9 eyelids. The mean time interval between previous frontalis sling operation and sling revision was 6.8 years. Nineteen patients (90.5%) achieved surgical success and a cosmetically acceptable appearance.

Conclusion: Sling revision is a simple and effective method with low perioperative morbidity for cases of undercorrection or contour deformity following frontalis sling operation using autogenous fascia lata, even long after the primary procedure.

Sling revision surgery of adjusting preexisting fascia lata is a simple and effective procedure, leading to short recovery time and low perioperative morbidity, for undercorrected blepharoptosis following frontalis sling operation, even long after the primary operation.

*Department of Ophthalmology, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan University School of Medicine, Ulsan, Korea

Department of Ophthalmology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Accepted for publication April 14, 2018.

Presentation at the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fall Scientific Symposium on October 16–17, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

The authors have no financial or conflicts of interest to disclose.

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to Kyung In Woo, M.D., Department of Ophthalmology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 81 Irwon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06351, Korea. E-mail:

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