Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
PAIXAO, Maurício Pedreira; MIOT, Hélio Amante and MACHADO FILHO, Carlos D' Aparecida Santos. Assessing the impact of upper blepharoplasty on quality of life with a standardized questionnaire (QBleflaro): a pilot study. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2008, vol.83, n.1, pp.32-37. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962008000100004.
BACKGROUND: There is scarce literature on assessing surgical results and the impact of upper blepharoplasty on quality of life of patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact on quality of life of patients submitted to upper blepharoplasty. METHODS: A prospective study using a standardized questionnaire applied to adult women submitted to upper blepharoplasty and evaluated 90 days later to estimate the surgical impact on quality of life and complications. RESULTS: Forty-one healthy adult females (median age of 53 years) were evaluated from June 2005 to March 2006. The questionnaire showed high internal consistency. The quality of life element with greater impact on the first postoperative week was related to physical appearance perception and that of lesser impact was associated to relationship with relatives and close friends. Hypertrophic scar was the main late complication. Satisfaction levels with the surgery were significantly related with absence of undesirable effects (p<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The authors suggest a consistent tool to evaluate the impact of this surgical procedure on quality of life of patients. High satisfaction levels with upper blepharoplasty stood out.
Keywords : Blepharoplasty; Quality of life; Patient satisfaction.