The role of orbital fat preservation in facial aesthetic surgery. A new concept.

Preservation of lower orbital fat in facial rejuvenation is a new concept for preventing the “operated” appearance that may follow fat removal in conventional blepharoplasty. By creating a narrower, more shallow orbit, the surgeon can create a truly youthful eyelid-cheek complex. Orbital fat advanced over the complete inferior orbital rim hides the bony framework that becomes apparent with normal aging. This technique is used routinely in isolated blepharoplasty and with composite rhytidectomy. It accompanies repositioning of the orbicularis oculi muscle, cheek fat, and facial platysma muscle. It is a procedure that can correct postoperative problems caused by excess orbital fat removal, lower eyelid retraction, and contour problems resulting from malar augmentation. The orbital fat is one of the many deep “pieces” of the human face that must be preserved and repositioned for optimal facial rejuvenation.