The Supraorbital Approach via an Eyebrow Incision: Analysis of Cosmetic Outcomes Using the Scar Cosmesis Assessment Rating Scale

Kasra Ziai, Lekhaj C. Daggubati, Brad E. Zacharia, Jessyka G. Lighthall

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Abstract

The supraorbital craniotomy through an eyebrow incision, referred to as the suprabrow approach, may be used to access intracranial lesions. Though offering good surgical exposure for anterior base cranial lesions, the suprabrow approach has a paucity of studies on its cosmetic outcomes. In this study, we aimed to assess the cosmetic outcomes of suprabrow approach using validated Scar Cosmesis Assessment Rating (SCAR) scale for the first time. Three patients underwent a suprabrow approach for resection of a suprasellar or frontal mass. Their postoperative courses were followed, with specific attention to the cosmetic outcome of their procedures. The SCAR scale was used to determine the cosmetic success of the approach. We found that all 3 patients scored ≤ 5 on the SCAR scale. All 3 resections were successful with no major postoperative complications. The only minor complication was transient hypoesthesia of the ipsilateral forehead that was noted in all 3 patients. This study quantified the positive cosmetic outcomes of a minimally invasive suprabrow approach. The suprabrow approach provides acceptable surgical exposure and access in an appropriately selected patient with anterior cranial base lesions and results in favorable cosmesis. Although transient hypoesthesia in the distribution of the ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve occurs, the overall benefits of the approach and desirable cosmetic outcomes make the suprabrow approach a good technique to access intracranial lesions in appropriate cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-311
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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