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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 579–585 | Cite as

Laser-Assisted Blepharoplasty and Inferior Lateral Retinaculum Plication: Skin Contraction Versus Skin Traction

  • Paraskevas P. Kontoes
  • Nektaria Lambrinaki
  • Spiros P. Vlachos
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Abstract

Blepharoplasty is one of the most commonly performed operations in plastic surgery, especially among middle-aged patients. Ablative lasers, especially the carbon dioxide laser, assist in tissue cutting and hemostasis. These lasers also offer skin resurfacing with its unique advantages despite the prolonged downtime. The authors present their laser-assisted blepharoplasty experience and the recent addition of one simply performed, inferior lateral retinaculum plication to the procedure (single suture traction technique, SSTT). Hence, the need for laser skin resurfacing of the lower eyelid has been reduced due to the skin traction applied, avoiding the long period required for resolution of erythema and potential hyperpigmentation. Furthermore, the tightening effect on the canthal ligament offers a more youthful look to the surgically treated eye.

Keywords

Blepharoplasty Inferior lateral retinaculum plication Laser Canthopexy 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paraskevas P. Kontoes
    • 1
  • Nektaria Lambrinaki
    • 1
  • Spiros P. Vlachos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plastic, Aesthetic, and Laser SurgeryHYGEIA HospitalAthensGreece

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