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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 107  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 191-199

Nonincisional (threading) levator plication in mild and moderate blepharoptosis: a novel technique

Department of Ophthalmology, Suez Canal University Hospital, Ismailia, Egypt

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Heba M Khalaf
Department of Ophthalmology, Suez Canal University Hospital, Ismailia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2090-0686.148171

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Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate our technique of nonincisional (threading) levator plication operation in cases of mild to moderate blepharoptosis. Setting Ophthalmology Department, Suez Canal University Hospital, Ismailia, Egypt. Design This study was interventional in design. Patients and methods We perform nylon threading 7/0 through the skin using a guiding syringe needle gauge no. 21 and the superior levator palpebral muscle and Mόller's muscle are tucked in by sutures guided to the tarsus surface; then, threads are tightened till the lid margin is elevated to the correct level, and the thread is knotted and inserted under the skin and orbicularis muscle. A total of 21 eyelids of 18 patients were subjected to this procedure. Results A total of 18 patients (12 male and six female, mean age 40 years) were studied. Nineteen eyelids were normally corrected or within 0.5 mm of normal, yielding a success rate of 90.5%. One (4.8%) patient was elevated within 1 mm of normal, and it was accepted. One (4.8%) eyelid was undercorrected and it wasn't accepted. An excellent lid contour was noted in all cases, except one, in whom a slight irregularity of the lid margin was observed, which was corrected spontaneously within 1 month. Conclusion The nonincisional (threading) levator plication technique is a safe and effective surgery for the treatment of mild to moderate blepharoptosis. It has a high success rate and good cosmetic outcome.

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