Introduction: The lid scar retraction constitutes usual complication of the postoperative lower lid blepharoplasty. Objective: This article discusses the importance of the systematic association of the lateral canthopexy in lower lid blepharoplasty to reduce its incidence. Method: In this retrospective study, 200 patients were assigned to the transcutaneous or transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty linked or not to the Lessa's lateral canthopexy, with a follow-up of 12 months. Results: The patients group submitted to lower lid blepharoplasty with lateral canthopexy had 1% of scar retraction against 16% in the isolated lower lid blepharoplasty group. Discussion: The systematic indication of the lateral canthopexy in association with lower lid blepharoplasty brings different opinions of many authors. For its easy execution, low morbidity and confirmed effectiveness in the prevention of the scleral show, rounding of the lateral canthus and ectropion post lower lid blepharoplasty, the authors conclude that the lateral canthopexy must constitute primary procedure in lower lid blepharoplasty surgery.
Keywords: Blepharoplasty. Eyelids/surgery. Ectropion prevention & control.