INTRODUCTION: This study is an evaluation of the surgical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and potential complications following blepharoplasty surgery.
METHODS: A total of 128 patients who underwent blepharoplasty surgery between 2015 and 2017 were included in this study. A postoperative lid crease difference of at least 1 mm was considered asymmetrical. Pre- and postoperative tear break-up time (TBUT) was evaluated. All of the patients were asked to complete a satisfaction assessment form prepared by the authors. The scar tissue that developed along the incision line was evaluated and graded by a single observer.
RESULTS: The mean age of the patients was 62.70±9.73 years, and all of the patients were monitored for a period of least 6 months. In combination with blepharoplasty, 17 patients underwent eyebrow surgery, 6 underwent lower eyelid surgery, and 4 underwent levator surgery. Lid crease asymmetry of 1 mm was determined in 8 patients, and a 2-mm asymmetry was identified in 2 patients, although the pre- and postoperative TBUT was not significantly different (p≥0.05). A total of 107 (83.59%) patients reported a very high level of satisfaction at the postoperative sixth month, 15 (11.71%) patients reported a high level of satisfactıon, and 6 (4.68%) reported a moderate level of satisfaction. In the postoperative sixth month, 87 (67.97%) patients had no scar tissue at the incision line, while 36 (28.13%) patients had noticeable scar tissue upon close inspection, and 5 (3.91%) patients had apparent scar tissue. None of the patients developed serious complications, such as severe hematoma, lagophthalmos, or wound separation.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: In the present study, the patients generally expressed long-term satisfaction with the results of blepharoplasty surgery for dermatochalasis. A comprehensive preoperative assessment, and combining surgeries when necessary and appropriate, ensures a high rate of success in blepharoplasty procedures.