European Journal of Ophthalmology, vol.33, no.1, pp.161-170, 2023 (SCI-Expanded)
© The Author(s) 2022.Purpose: To describe a minimally-invasive “harvesting-stripping technique” on a small segment of autogenous fascia lata (AFL) in small children with severe blepharoptosis under 3-years-old. Methods: A single-surgeon, uncontrolled surgical trial was designed for 25 eyelids of 18 small children (5 girls, 13 boys) with severe blepharoptosis. Single- and short-skin incisions (2-cm) were made on the thigh and a final 3X0.6-cm or 3.5X1-cm AFL segment was excised according to the ptosis laterality. The surface area of the harvested AFL was calculated and dissected for a final 9-cmX2-mm-long fascial strip for each eye. Functional and aesthetic outcomes of the upper eyelids were evaluated and the feasibility, effectivity and advantages of this novel approach in younger patients were assessed. Results: The mean age was 28.3 months (17–35) with a mean follow-up of 34.3 months (6–96). All eyelids achieved good or excellent functional and aesthetic results (except one), with no peri- or post-operative severe complications such as haemorrhage, wound infection, hypertrophied thigh scar, muscle prolapses, eyelid contour abnormalities, ptosis recurrence or overcorrection. Conclusions: “Harvesting-stripping technique” with the AFL may be an alternative approach to correct severe upper blepharoptosis in small children under 3-years-old, which offers various benefits over conventional methods with non-autogenous materials.