Use of the orbital fat pad in eyelid reconstruction

A. Baj, O. D'Orto, M. Romano, G. A. Beltramini, F. J. Silvestre, A. B. Giannì

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Eyelid reconstruction, though challenging, can produce a functional, esthetically pleasing lid. This should preferably be accomplished with a one-stage procedure, using robust, well-vascularized tissues similar to those being replaced, with minimal associated donor morbidity. According to the experience with Bichat pedicled flap in oral reconstruction, the authors propose the use of pedicle infraorbital fat pad for repair of conjunctival defect. Seven patients underwent eyelid reconstruction of full-Thickness oncological or post-Traumatic defects. In all cases, the reconstruction involved an orbital fat pad flap for the posterior lamella in addition to local flaps for the anterior lamella. All of the flaps survived. The transferred fat flap had a complete epithelization, histologically documented. No tumor relapse occurred in oncological cases. The results have been satisfactory both for clinical evaluation and for the patients. Reconstruction of the palpebral inner lamella with the orbital fat pad is a simple and low-morbidity procedure that has good morphological and functional results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Issue number2, Supplement 1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2017


  • Eye
  • Orbit
  • Reconstruction
  • Soft-Tissues
  • Tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Oncology
  • Endocrinology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cancer Research


Dive into the research topics of 'Use of the orbital fat pad in eyelid reconstruction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this