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Revista Cubana de Oftalmología

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AGRAMONTE CENTELLES, Ileana; RODRIGUEZ SALINAS, Gustavo; HERNANDEZ SANCHEZ, Yaima  and  DORREGO ODUARDO, Milagros Danieyis. Blepharoplasty with conventional technique versus CO2 laser. Rev Cubana Oftalmol [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.3, pp.390-398. ISSN 0864-2176.

Objective: To present the results of blepharoplasty with the conventional technique and with CO2 laser. Method: Prospective, longitudinal and descriptive study of 50 patients with diagnosis of dermatochalasis and/or orbital fatty tissue hernia, who were assisted at the Oculoplasty service of "Ramon Pando Ferrer" Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology from January to June 2006. Two groups of 25 randomly selected patients were created; one to be operated on with laser and the other with the conventional procedure. Results: The highest number of patients surgically treated from dermatochalasis lied in 50-60 y age group and the conventional surgery was predominant. Females accounted for 64% and in this group, the conventional technique was performed in 68% of patients. Sixty eight percent of patients were Caucasians, with use of CO2 laser amounted to 76%. The surgical time for 58% of these patients who underwent the surgical technique ranged 30 to 45 minutes. The complications were hyperpigmentation when using laser and hypocorrection when using the conventional technique. Conclusions: Both surgical techniques show satisfactory results for the patients, so they become solutions to their esthetic and functional problems; however, CO2 laser reduced complications and the surgical times, so it is the alternative of choice for physicians and patients alike.

Keywords : blepharoplasty; CO2 laser; dermatochalasis.

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