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Endoscopic mid-facelifts boost lower eyelid tension

Rochester, N.Y. — A recent study concludes that lower eyelid tension may persist a full year following a subperiosteal endoscopic/mid-facelift.

Excessive lower eyelid tension may interfere with the ability to fully close the eye, a problematic condition resulting in a dry, irritated eye.

In the prospective, nonrandomized study conducted at a private facial plastic surgery practice and ambulatory surgical center by investigators from the University of Rochester, N.Y., lower eyelid tension was calculated at 3 mm and 5 mm of distraction directly following the lift surgery. Immediate postoperative lower eyelid tension was four to five times greater than preoperative measurements.

At four and six months postoperatively, though eyelid stress had decreased, it remained two to three times higher than preoperative values. At the 12-month follow-up, lower eyelid tension still measured 1.7 to 1.9 times higher than initial measurements prior to surgery.

For more information:

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2005 Jul-Aug;7(4):227-230.

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