How Would You Treat My Orbital Dystopia?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in yourresults in treating facial asymmetry. I have a pronounced vertical orbital dystopia (I’m not sure if this is the result of plagiocephaly, though I highly suspect it is given the other imbalances in my face). I would like to know my options for treating this.  I have attached pictures for your review.

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. I can clearly see that you have a mild to moderate case of right orbital dystopia. (5mms of horizontal pupillary discrepancy) The entire orbital box is situated lower than that of the left side, affecting every surrounding structure from a lower eyebrow/brow bone down to an orbital rim-malar deficiency.

There are two fundamental strategies for dealing with these orbital discrepancies. The first is a complete orbital box change. Dealing with changing the fundamental problem through an orbital box osteotomy is too extreme is my opinion for the magnitude of your dystopia.  Therefore, I would recommend an alternative approach of multiple camouflage procedures. At the minimum, I would use an orbital floor-rim implant with hydroxyapatite cement which could be extended out on to the lower cheek bone. One could also use other types of implants such as Medpor or Gore-Tex which can be custom carved to fit during surgery. Ideally I would get a skull model fabricated from a 3-D CT scan to make an exact implant that reconstructs the bone levels to the opposite side. The lower eyelid would then be resuspended/tightened  which would move the lower lid level up, particulalry the outer half. One could also treat the upper orbit through either an endoscopic browlift approach with brow bone modification  through an upper eyelid approach. You can see with this camouflage approach it is a function of how far you want to go in treating all components of your orbital dystopia.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana