Restoration of Complicated Epicanthus: Modified Reverse Skin Redraping With Mini-epicanthoplasty for Rescue in Unsatisfied Epicanthoplasty Patients

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Abstract

Purpose

We had reported the surgical outcome of reverse skin redraping technique for restoration of previously performed epicanthoplasty. In this study, we introduce a modified reverse skin redraping technique that added mini-epicanthoplasty in patients with unsatisfactory results after epicanthoplasty.

Methods

Three hundred twenty-four patients (288 female and 36 male patients) who had unsatisfied results with previous epicanthoplasty and that were treated with our modified restoration surgery were included in this study.

Results

The mean preoperative interepicanthal distance was 33.6 mm, and the mean postoperative interepicanthal distance was 36.9 mm; the mean difference in the interepicanthal distance before and after restoration surgery was 3.3 mm. Satisfactory aesthetic results were obtained with improvements in areas of asymmetry, overexposure of the caruncle, and the appearance of the previous scar. Only minor complications developed in 15 patients (4.6%) that were resolved with minor revisions. No severe complications requiring reoperations were noted.

Conclusions

Our modified method involving reverse skin redraping and mini-epicanthoplasty is simple and reproducible and is useful for resolution of unsatisfactory results to obtain a naturally shaped epicanthus.

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