The inferior retinacular lateral canthoplasty: a new technique

G W Jelks, P M Glat, E B Jelks, M T Longaker
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1997, 100 (5): 1262-70; discussion 1271-5
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.

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