Transcutaneous Lower Blepharoplasty, Painless Suture Removal

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Abstract

Despite being referred to as one of the more challenging procedures in plastic surgery, lower blepharoplasty is one of the most commonly requested and performed aesthetic procedures.

Our experience, from February 2007 to March 2012, is based on 214 transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty procedures in which the skin flap was sutured by means of the epidermal-dermal U stitch, a new, simple, and reliable method. Patients were followed up for a mean period ranging from 7 to 70 months. To our knowledge, the literature proposes a single-stitch closure or continuous suture in transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty using nylon or silk 4–5–0 to close the skin incision (1–3–5). According to our experience before 2007 based on patients’ reports, single-stitch subciliary suture removal is a source of stress for the patient that causes anxiety, discomfort, and pain.

Thus, in February 2007, following transepithelial lower blepharoplasty, we started using a new, simple way to suture the subciliary skin flap adopting the epidermal-dermal U nylon 5-0 stitch to avoid any discomfort and drastically reduce the level of anxiety and pain at the time of suture removal. According to our experience, the healing of the wound does not require any subsequent scar revision resulting from healing defects or pathological scar tissue; the complication rate in our series is in keeping with that reported by other authors in the literature.

In conclusion, our experience indicates that the suture technique we describe is an easily reproducible, rapid, discomfort-free, and painless means of removing stitches.

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