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Blending the lid/cheek junction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19338817     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Rejuvenation of the periorbital area requires an understanding of the morphologic changes that occur with aging. Blending the lid/cheek junction is a goal of periorbital rejuvenation. OBJECTIVE: Transblepharoplasty techniques are proposed to achieve aesthetic periorbital rejuvenation with predictable improvement and minimal morbidity. METHODS: Techniques of blending the lid/cheek junction are presented that include septal advancement with both septal tightening and subseptal fat pad contouring when indicated, or complete release of the orbital orbicularis oculi muscle, along with vascularized and/or free fat transfer over the inferior orbital rim, to produce a youthful contour. Lid support was enhanced with a medially based orbicularis oculi muscle sling, which further improves the contour of the lid/cheek junction through muscle release to the medial inferior orbital rim. RESULTS: Fifty-eight consecutive cases were reviewed that included lower lid blepharoplasties with or without a concomitant midface lift. Four cases of midface lift did not require any lower eyelid procedures. Septal reset or aggressive orbicularis oculi release with fat transfer were performed in 30 patients. A medially based orbicularis oculi flap was developed to support the lid, and canthopexy or canthoplasty was performed as indicated. Complete release of the medial fibers of the orbital orbicularis oculi muscle allowed for tension-free placement of vascularized fat or free fat grafts and a more profound blending of the lid/cheek junction, since the flap advancement acted as a handle to carry the upper midface soft tissues. CONCLUSIONS: Transblepharoplasty options for repositioning periorbital soft tissues are reliable means for blending the lid/cheek junction.
Malcolm D Paul
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aesthetic surgery journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1527-330X     ISO Abbreviation:  Aesthet Surg J     Publication Date:    2005 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-02     Completed Date:  2009-06-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9707469     Medline TA:  Aesthet Surg J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  255-62     Citation Subset:  -    
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