It’s safe to say there are few things more terrifying in this world than cancer. But when there’s a defect or complication, whether it be during chemo, surgery, or otherwise, it makes a bad situation even worse. Unfortunately, though, that’s what happened to one 53-year-old man with a small basal cell carcinoma on the left lower eyelid, as he underwent surgery to remove the cancer, and came out with a defect that left him with an alarming — to say the very least — black, bloody-looking residue in his eye.
To fix the defect, the man visited New York City-based plastic surgeon, Dara Liotta. who ultimately removed it. “Part of the lower eyelid, including the lateral canthal tendon, the part that holds the outer corner of the lower eyelid to the face, had to be removed,” Liotta tells Allure. “I reconstructed the defect under local anesthesia with him awake in the office,” she says.
Liotta explains she had to reconstruct the lower eyelid and anchor the new lower eyelid to the bone of his eye socket with a reconstructive technique called a “Tenzel Flap.” It took a full month for him to regain full function in his eyelid.
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Liotta took to her Instagram page to showcase the before-and-after photos, writing, “This patient had an in-office repair using a #tenzelflap to reconstruct a lower eyelid defect after removal of a #skin #cancer with #mohs. This repair was done totally awake, with local anesthesia only. #KeepingItReal #comeSEEus #plasticsurgery #reconstructivesurgery #reconstruction #skincancer.”
As you can see, his eye looks completely back to normal in the after photo, all thanks to Liotta’s reconstructive work. Hopefully, now the patient can go forth, cancer-free — without the visible reminder of what he endured.
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