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The Clinical Outcomes of Small-incision Browpexy
Ann Optom Contact Lens 2019;18:10-14
Published online March 25, 2019
© 2019 The Korean Optometry & Contact Lens Study Society

Sun Young Ryu, MD1,2, Hyun Min Ahn, MD1,2, Hye Young Kim, MD2

Department of Ophthalmology, Yonsei University College of Medicine1, Seoul, Korea, Department of Ophthalmology, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital2, Goyang, Korea
Correspondence to: Hye Young Kim, MD
Department of Ophthalmology, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, #100 Ilsan-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang 10444, Korea
Tel: 82-31-900-0221, Fax: 82-31-900-0343, Email:
Received November 15, 2018; Revised December 5, 2018; Accepted December 5, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Purpose: To present clinical outcomes of small-incision browpexy in patients with mild brow ptosis without significant suprabrow skin redundancy.
Methods: Eleven patients who underwent small-incision browpexy procedures were clinically evaluated over a period of 6 months, including a review of their charts. Small-incision browpexy was performed through two 5 mm incisions in the central and lateral brow. Measurements and comparisons were made of the preoperative and 6-month postoperative brow-to-pupil distance (BPD), the brow-to-medial canthus distance (BMCD), and the brow-to-lateral canthus distance (BLCD).
Results: Postoperative BPD, BMCD, and BLCD increased 1.10 ± 0.89 mm, 0.20 ± 0.54 mm, and 1.37 ± 1.04 mm, respectively, in 11 patients (21 eyes). Results were statistically significant, in terms of change with BPD and BLCD (p=0.009, p<0.001), but not with BMCD (p=0.477).
Conclusions: The small-incision browpexy is a useful brow-lifting procedure in mild brow ptosis. The procedure is quick, minimally invasive, and particularly effective in central and lateral brow ptosis.
Keywords : Blepharoptosis; Brow lift; Browpexy; Eyebrow ptosis

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