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December 1979

Reconstruction by Myocutaneous Eyelid Flaps

Author Affiliations

From the Oculoplastic Service, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(12):2358-2362. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020574016

• The combined loss of skin and deeper tissues of the eyelids and periorbital regions can frequently be reconstructed with use of an eyelid myocutaneous flap. This technique alone can be used for most eyelid defects not involving the lid margin, or it can be used in conjunction with other procedures when the lid margin is involved. Defects, sometimes quite large, in 37 patients have been reconstructed with good results. The technique provides one-stage reconstruction, avoids volume loss and depressed scars, provides an excellent blood supply to the flap, gives an optimum tissue match, decreases patient morbidity, and increases the likelihood of a good cosmetic result. The generalized applications of this technique make it valuable for reconstructive surgery of the orbital region.