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Surgical Technique
Jul/Aug 2010

Modified Y-V Epicanthoplasty With Raised Medial Canthus in the Asian Eyelid

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Remin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010;12(4):274-276. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2010.51

  To explore an epicanthoplasty with a good aesthetic effect and a small scar we designed a modified Y-V epicanthoplasty to raise and enlarge the medial canthus. From January 2006 to April 2009, 68 patients were treated with this method, using a simple procedure to eliminate the medial epicanthal fold of the upper eyelid. Scarring of the medial canthal area has not been a problem with this technique because we designed incisions along the eyelashes and the skin-mucosal junctions. By raising the point of the new medial canthus to a particular physiological position, the angle of medial canthus is enlarged to reveal the lacrimal lake. Our technique is a simple, graded procedure that leaves no visible scar.