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Title Brow ptosis - Is transblepharoplasty internal browpexy suitable for everyone?
Submitted by arie nemet
Abstract Number 301
Review Result poster presentation
Purpose

Transcutaneous internal browpexy (IB) can provide patients with mild-to-moderate lateral brow ptosis, stabilization and modest lift of the lateral brow. Questions regarding effectiveness of this procedure and appropriate indications remain.

Methods

We measured consecutive patients who underwent upper eyelid blepharoplasty with transblepharoplasty internal browpexy (TIB) 9/2014-12/2017. Pre- and postoperative brow elevation was assessed based on before and after photographs of each patient. Patient photographs were assessed for medial and lateral brow elevation, brow contouring and asymmetry. Optimal lateral brow elevation was classified as bilateral symmetrical and above the supraorbital rim for women, and symmetrical and at the supraorbital rim for men.

Results

A total of 239 patients underwent bilateral TIB and 39 underwent unilateral TIB. Pre- and post-operative measurements were taken in 98 patients (41%), with an average elevation of the lateral brow position of 2.54 mm.
Six patients had an underlying infection in the first postoperative week that resolved completely. Three patients underwent a second stage direct brow lift repair and 3 needed unrecognized ptosis repair as a second stage.

Conclusion

Transblepharoplasty internal browpexy is an important tool that can be used in most patients with lateral and central brow ptosis, asymmetric brow ptosis and irregular contour of the brow. Additionally, browpexy adds to the success and longevity of upper blepharoplasty, while preventing early recurrence of lateral upper eyelid hooding. Patients with significant ptosis, heavy brows, medial greater than lateral ptosis, and post-facial palsy may not be good candidates for this procedure.


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