With the increasing adoption of medial epicanthoplasty or reconstruction procedures, the number of patients undergoing reoperations is also increasing. However, the surgical techniques useful for reoperations and the potential difficulties during reoperations have not been adequately elucidated. We aimed to describe the use of our modified reverse skin-redraping technique to improve cosmetic outcomes in patients who had previously undergone epicanthal reconstruction. From January 2014 to January 2021, we performed reoperations using our modified reverse skin-redraping technique in patients who had previously undergone epicanthal reconstruction. The main reason for the reoperations was cosmesis. The patients' ages ranged from 21 to 46 years (average, 28.7 years), and the follow-up periods ranged from 6 to 12 months. A total of 389 patients (311 females and 78 males) underwent reoperations, of which 324 patients (83%) underwent 1 reconstructive surgery and 65 (17%) underwent reconstructive surgeries more than twice after primary epicanthoplasty. The postoperative intercanthal distances could be increased or decreased depending on the preoperative design. After reoperation, 22 patients (5.6%) required additional reoperation. Reoperation of epicanthoplasty is technically challenging. The scarred round shape of the medial epicanthus during the reoperation poses difficulties, and the optimal technique to be used remains unknown. We believe that selection of an individualized restoration method that suits the purpose of surgery is important for patients who require reoperations. In this respect, we suggest that our modified reverse skin-redraping method is a suitable option for improving esthetic outcomes.
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- epicanthal reconstruction
- modified skin-redraping method