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While the availability of grafts of free skin of full thickness from the eyelid for repairs about the orbital region is generally recognized, it is possible that their suitability for certain repairs and corrections beyond that area is not so well known. The fact that in a series of forty-eight such operations forty-six were immediately successful suggests the desirability of inviting attention to the advantages of the method.
The prime recommendation of the graft from the eyelid, as compared with other grafts of full thickness, is the assurance that it will "take," a merit it possesses in exceptional degree. A second advantage is that the skin of the lid, if normal in color, matches the skin of the face better than that brought from a distance. Third, the reorganization after healing is so complete that after a few weeks the borders of approximation actually cannot be identified, either at
SHEEHAN JE. UTILIZATION OF SKIN OF THE UPPER EYELID FOR THE REPAIR OF SMALL FACIAL DEFECTS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1927;6(2):107–111. doi:10.1001/archotol.1927.00610010119001