J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg.  2004 Sep;31(5):737-740.

Easy Method to Determine Skin Excision Amount in Upper Blepharoplasty

  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ilsan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Kyunggi, Korea. hjparkps@han mail.net


The aging change that occur to the upper eyelid is the obscurity of the position of eyelid crease by the appearance of redundant upper eyelid skin and fold displacement. The solution is to raise the eyelid crease of the affected upper eyelid through the excision of excess soft tissue. Despite of many descriptions of blepharoplasty in the literature, marking the upper lid skin excision has not been well described. Many operators advocate use of a forceps to measure the amount of skin to be excised. But this method is not accurate and may result asymmetric double folds especially in less- experienced operators. Thus we present easy, accurate, and simple method to determine the amount of the skin to be excised as follows: The lower incision is drawn 6-8mm apart from the lid margin in sitting position while gently pulling upward the upper eyelid. While the marking pen is held at the level of the lower incision line, upper lid return to initial natural position, then a mark is made at the same level. After this procedure is repeated at several points, the dots are connected to a continuous line for the upper line of skin excision.


Upper blepharoplasty; Skin excision
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