Purpose: To evaluate the outcome and complications of brow suspension surgery for ptosis repair performed with Mersilene mesh as the suspensory material.
Methods: A retrospective review was undertaken of all patients undergoing Mersilene mesh brow suspension surgery during a 9-year period. All patients had undergone the same surgical procedure performed by the same surgeon. Preoperative and postoperative palpebral aperture heights were recorded, and the results were analyzed to provide a mean change in palpebral aperture height. The case records of patients with a poor response to surgery were examined carefully, and possible risk factors for a poor outcome were identified.
Results: The mean (95% confidence interval) increase in palpebral aperture height was 1.8 mm (1.2-2.4 mm). Factors associated with a poorer outcome were previous ptosis surgery and Marcus Gunn jaw-winking syndrome.
Conclusions: Mersilene mesh has advantages over other materials for use as a suspensory material in brow suspension surgery, and is associated with a good outcome and low complication rate.