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The Inferior Retinacular Lateral Canthoplasty: A New Technique

Jelks, Glenn W. M.D.; Glat, Paul M. M.D.; Jelks, Elizabeth B. M.D.; Longaker, Michael T. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: October 1997 - Volume 100 - Issue 5 - p 1262–1270
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Lateral canthoplasty is a useful method of restoring lower eyelid position and thereby protecting the ocular surfaces. The success of the lateral canthoplasty procedure depends on the proper analysis of periorbital anatomy. Newer lateral canthoplasty techniques have become progressively refined in an attempt to avoid the drawbacks and pitfalls of older procedures. We present the inferior retinacular lateral canthoplasty, developed to effectively address the problems associated with lower lid laxity and/or malposition. The inferior retinacular lateral canthoplasty is a versatile reconstructive procedure that also can be used as an adjunct to aesthetic surgery. The evolution of the inferior retinacular lateral canthoplasty from over 15 years of clinical experience is discussed. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 100: 1262, 1997.)

New York, N.Y.

From the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the New York University Medical Center. Received for publication September 31, 1996.

Glenn W. Jelks, M.D.

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New York, N.Y. 10021

©1997American Society of Plastic Surgeons