The Treatment of Lacrimal Gland Prolapse in Blepharoplasty by Repositioning the Glands
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Prolapse of the lacrimal gland is an unusual condition. An appearance of bilateral dermatochalasis was observed in the medical examination of a 30-year-old female patient with bilateral upper eyelid edema. The patient underwent bilateral blepharopylasty. During the surgery, it was noticed that in the temporal portions of the eyelids, there was a prolabed tissue-like lacrimal gland. We did incisional biopsy from the prolabed tissue that was thought to be orbital lobe of the lacrimal gland and carried out reposition of the orbital rim with 5-0 polyester suture and closed the orbital septum. Lacrimal gland reposition is a procedure which entails the separation of such anatomic structures as orbital septum, adipose tissue, and levator complex. However, failure to recognize a prolapsed lacrimal gland may mistreat by simple excision, and will lead to important alterations in ocular lubrication. In our case, repositioning of the glands was successfully performed during upper-lid blepharoplasty.