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Three Simple Steps for Refining Transcutaneous Lower Blepharoplasty for Aging Eyelids: The Indispensability of Micro-Autologous Fat Transplantation

Shu-Hung Huang, Yun-Nan Lin, Su-Shin Lee, Yu-Hao Huang, Hidenobu Takahashi, Chih-Kang Chou, Tsung-Ying Lin, Rong-Fu Chen, Yur-Ren Kuo, Chung-Sheng Lai, Sin-Daw Lin, Tsai-Ming Lin
Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2019 October 15, 39 (11): 1163-1177

BACKGROUND: Lower blepharoplasty has been used for rejuvenating lower eyelids, and diverse modifications have been used to treat conjunct deformities at the tear trough/lid-cheek junction. Strategies for recontouring prominent tear trough/lid-cheek junctions, including orbital fat manipulation, have been reported with good results in the literature. Micro-autologous fat transplantation (MAFT) is a previously unevaluated, potentially advantageous approach to blending the prominent tear trough/lid-cheek junction.

OBJECTIVES: We determined the long-term results after 3-step transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty with MAFT for patients with aging eyelids and prominent tear trough/lid-cheek junctions.

METHODS: We evaluated 205 patients with aging lower eyelids who underwent transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty with MAFT between October 2010 and September 2016. The 3-step procedure involved a subciliary elliptical skin excision, resection of 3 orbital fat compartments, and MAFT for the tear trough/lid-cheek junction employing a MAFT-GUN under intravenous anesthesia.

RESULTS: The mean patient age was 52 years (range, 34-78 years). The mean operating time was 61 minutes. The mean fat volumes delivered to the tear trough/lid-cheek junctions were 2.80 mL and 2.76 mL for the left and right sides, respectively. The average weights of the 3 resected orbital fat compartments were 0.58 g for the left side and 0.56 g for the right side. Patients showed significant improvement and maintenance at an average follow-up of 60.2 months (range, 18-90 months).

CONCLUSIONS: Three-step transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty with MAFT is an effective, reliable, and promising method with high patient satisfaction and minimal risk of complications. Long-term results demonstrated its utility for aging lower eyelid treatment.

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