A simple modification of the glabellar flap in medial canthal reconstruction

Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003 Jul;19(4):313-5. doi: 10.1097/01.IOP.0000075796.48708.4D.


Purpose: To highlight a simple modification of the traditional glabellar flap, which may improve the cosmetic results achieved with this flap by reducing the tendency for the eyebrows to be drawn together.

Methods: The modified surgical technique is described and used prospectively in 10 patients requiring medial canthal reconstruction with a glabellar flap.

Results: All patients were satisfied with the cosmetic and functional results. Photographs of one patient illustrate the preoperative and postoperative appearance of the eyebrows.

Conclusions: This simple modification is recommended to avoid drawing the eyebrows together when using the glabellar flap.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Eyebrows
  • Eyelid Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Eyelids / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Surgical Flaps*