Suture Suspension Brow-Lifting: The Minitac System
Journal of Surgery
Volume 2, Issue 6, December 2014, Pages: 93-97
Received: Dec. 8, 2014; Accepted: Dec. 14, 2014; Published: Dec. 19, 2014
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James D. Frame, Post-Graduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ
Bassem M. Mossaad, Post-Graduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ
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Abstract
As their face ages, a significant number of individuals require elevation of the eyebrows to improve brow-ptosis and pseudo-ptosis of the upper eyelids. This may be for functional disability, i.e. when there is a reduction in visual fields, or for purely cosmetic reasons. Eyebrow elevation can be achieved by non-surgical or by direct surgical methods. There are advantages and disadvantages to the non-surgical use of Botulinum Toxin or fillers, and minimally invasive techniques such as endoscopic methods or Endotine® fixation. Bicoronal brow lift procedures appear to be reducing in popularity compared to the other methods. Suture suspension of the brow is not new but recently Minitac®, a kit system that allows intra-osseous fixation using two non-absorbable paired needle sutures, has been introduced. Whilst this system was primarily developed for ligament to bone approximation, we demonstrated in this mini-series that it can be adapted to provide a simple and effective means for brow lifting, whilst controlling the vectors of elevation. Due care and the understanding of anatomy are essential.
Keywords
Browlift, Minitac®, Ptosis
To cite this article
James D. Frame, Bassem M. Mossaad, Suture Suspension Brow-Lifting: The Minitac System, Journal of Surgery. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2014, pp. 93-97. doi: 10.11648/j.js.20140206.13
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