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How to Make Your Life Easier: Blepharoplasty Markings with Microsurgical Clamps

Ramella, Vittorio, MD*; Stocco, Chiara, MD*; Facchin, Federico, MD*; Troisi, Luigi, MD, PhD; Papa, Giovanni, MD, PhD*; Arnez, Zoran Marij, MD, PhD*

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: August 8, 2018 - Volume Latest Articles - Issue - p
doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000001873
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Summary: Preoperative blepharoplasty markings might be challenging, especially for young surgeons. It takes experience to carefully evaluate the amount of skin excess that can be safely removed. In the current study, we explored the use of microsurgical vascular clamps as a novel and useful tool in the preoperative upper blepharoplasty markings; they made it possible to directly visualize the amount of skin to be removed, facilitating the surgeon (especially the young surgeon) preoperative markings process. In our series, 30 patients underwent upper blepharoplasty with preoperative application of microvascular clamps with satisfactory results.

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From the *Department of Medical, Surgical and Health Sciences, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit, University of Trieste, Italy

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury, United Kingdom.

Published online 8 August 2018.

Received for publication May 29, 2018; accepted June 1, 2018.

This study was designed and conducted as an audit, without adding any type of modification to the blepharoplasty technique routinely performed, focusing on the preoperative markings. Therefore, ethical approval was not required. It was registered within the internal database of audits held in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit, Cattinara Hospital, University of Trieste, Italy.

Disclosure: The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article. The Article Processing Charge was paid for by the authors.

Chiara Stocco, MD, Department of Medical, Surgical and Health Sciences, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit, University of Trieste, Italy, E-mail:

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