New approach simplifies eyelid surgery

A new approach for plastic surgeons that focuses on simplifying the rejuvenation of the lower eyelid has been published in the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Eyes look old when they sag, bulge, wrinkle and hollow in, says Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Some surgeons avoid lower lid rejuvenation, however, because of the potential for long-lasting complications and an unnatural look if it’s not done correctly, he adds.

“The eye area of the face is the first thing you look at when you meet a person, and one of the first features that reveals your age,” Dr. Rohrich says. “This new process is designed to simplify some of the complexities of lower lid surgery and give better, more consistent results.”

The latest approach targets fat pockets in the cheek that begin to deflate and change shape. These changes in the pockets make transition zones like the lower lid/cheek junction more obvious.

The five-step eye lift procedure simplifies the process and includes:

  • augmenting the supportive deep fat compartment in the cheek by injection;
  • preserving the lower lid muscle with minimal fat removal;
  • selectively releasing the main ligament structure of the lower lid;
  • establishing or strengthening the corner of the eye; and
  • removing minimal skin.

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