Lower eyelid reconstruction in a paediatric face: A one-stage aesthetic approach using the versatile temporoparietal fascia flap

Hocaoglu E., Ozden B. C., Aydin H.

JOURNAL OF PLASTIC RECONSTRUCTIVE AND AESTHETIC SURGERY, vol.65, no.9, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


There are many different lower eyelid reconstruction techniques defined in the literature. Almost all of the published techniques have been described on elderly patients and use upper eyelid, periorbital or facial tissues as donor sites. However, in case of a paediatric patient or a young adult who has a crease-free and scarless face, camouflage of the facial donor-site scar is usually impossible. In order to avoid possible facial donor-site scars and upper eyelid deformities, a technique which uses the temporoparietal fascia (TPF) flap as the framework of a new eyelid was used for the reconstruction of an adolescent patient's post-oncologic defect. The inner side of the flap was covered with nasal septal chondromucosal graft and the external side was covered with a retroauricular full-thickness skin graft. Eighteen months of unproblematic follow-up of this overlooked usage of the versatile TPF flap indicates that our technique has proved successful in terms of good functional and cosmetic outcome that is obtained at one stage. (C) 2012 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.