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Reconstruction Procedures: Facial Plastic Surgery

Reconstruction Procedures: Facial Plastic Surgery

Reconstruction Procedures: Facial Plastic Surgery

Reconstruction Of Congenital Or Acquired Facial Defects

A large part of facial plastic surgery concerns the reconstruction of congenital or acquired facial defects, aiming to restore normal appearance and function. These defects can result from a multitude of causes, and vary in size, location, and thickness. Plastic surgeons are trained to analyse these defects logically and often utilize subunit principles to ensure harmony and blending of the reconstruction with surrounding tissue.

Options for reconstruction include primary closure, grafts, or flaps. Occasionally, tissue expansion and staged procedures are necessary for optimal outcomes. For example, nasal reconstruction is commonly performed using a paramedian forehead flap, which will require a staged approach to enable transfer of the flap, placement of cartilage, thinning of the flap and eventually dividing its original blood supply. Procedures such as these would require patience on the part of the patient but will eventually lead to optimal outcomes.

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