Skin grafting for the restoration of the eyelids differs quite materially from that in other parts of the body. The prime objects in operating are cosmetic and restoration of function. To attain these the part must be freely movable and not differ in color and appearance markedly from the normal lid. We have also a field for operation which is movable and uneven, making the results more difficult to obtain. It is for these reasons that I think a discussion of the principles involved should be of benefit.
The statements I shall make and conclusions I have reached are from my personal experience with these cases. Along with the successes I shall give an account of my failures, for I think I have learned more from these than from the cases where the results were satisfactory. I have used most of the forms of grafts described, the sliding graft, the