BACKGROUNDLower eyelid margin defects can be a reconstructive challenge. A possible alternative is second intention healing of the lower eyelid margin.OBJECTIVETo determine the cosmetic outcomes and patient satisfaction of second intention healing of the lower eyelid margin after Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS).MATERIALS AND METHODSA retrospective chart review was performed on patients who underwent MMS of the lower eyelid margin. Patient information was gathered on age, sex, diagnosis, postoperative size, number of Mohs stages, thickness of defect, and clinical photographs. The preoperative and postoperative photographs were evaluated with a physician assessment scale and patients completed a satisfaction survey.RESULTSIn all 17 patients (100%), the cosmetic results obtained were considered good to excellent. The objective outcomes were graded as excellent, very good, good, satisfactory, unsatisfactory, and poor. The patient satisfaction survey was divided into excellent, good, satisfied, and unsatisfied. Patient satisfaction ranged from satisfied to excellent. The incidence of complications was low with one report of trichiasis.CONCLUSIONSecond intention healing of the lower eyelid margin can produce good cosmetic results and patients are generally satisfied with their outcomes.
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