Simultaneous Forehead Lift and Blepharoplasty Techniques in Management of Orbito-Temporal Plexiform Neurofibroma


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Abstract

Plexiform neurofibromas are common complications in neurofibromatosis type 1 patients. Currently, surgery is the treatment of choice. However, complete surgical resection is difficult due to the infiltration to the surrounding tissue and the increased vascularity. Plexiform neurofibromas arising in the orbito-temporal area pose a greater challenge due to its critical function and cosmetic importance of the face. Such plexiform neurofibromas, separately designated as orbito-temporal plexiform neurofibromas, show complex symptoms such as severe ptosis, ectropion, lacrimal gland dysfunction, and even vision loss. We present a case of successful correction of upper eyelid entropion and severe eyebrow ptosis in a 48-year-old orbito-temporal plexiform neurofibromas patient with combined forehead lift and blepharoplasty techniques including double fold formation and mass excision.

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