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Improving Periorbital Appearance in the “Morphologically Prone”

Yaremchuk, Michael J. M.D.

doi: 10.1097/01.PRS.0000133202.32981.08
COSMETIC SECTION: COSMETIC

Patients with prominent eyes are predisposed to lower lid descent and rounding of the palpebral fissure. This deformity may be exaggerated and symptomatic after conventional lower blepharoplasty. Normalization of the periorbital appearance in “morphologically prone” patients involves three basic maneuvers. Augmenting the projection of the infraorbital rim with an alloplastic implant effectively changes the skeletal morphology, thereby providing support for the lower lid and midface soft tissues. Subperiosteal freeing and elevation of the lower lid and midface recruits soft tissues and allows lower lid repositioning. Lateral canthopexy restores palpebral fissure shape and provides additional lid support. The technique can be adapted for morphologically prone patients who are first seeking improvement in their periorbital appearance or for those whose lid malposition and round eye appearance have been exaggerated by previous lower blepharoplasty. This surgery has been effective treatment for 13 morphologically prone patients operated on over a 4-year period.

Boston, Mass.

From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Received for publication October 9, 2003; revised December 10, 2003.

Presented at the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery World Congress, in Sydney, Australia, August 13, 2003.

Michael J. Yaremchuk, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, 15 Parkman Street, WACC, Suite 453, Boston, Mass. 02114, myaremchuk@partners.org

©2004American Society of Plastic Surgeons