Total lower lip and chin reconstruction with radial forearm free flap: A novel approach

Eliza H. Dewey, Ansley M. Roche, Cathy L. Lazarus, Mark L. Urken

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Background The management of large chin and lower lip defects is challenging due to this facial subunit's tremendous functional and aesthetic importance. Specific methods for total lower lip and mentum reconstruction are not well chronicled. Aesthetic and functional goals of this reconstruction include restoration of oral competence by maintaining lower lip height, vermilion reestablishment, color-matched skin introduction to the chin, sensation restoration, and ideally restoration of dynamic activity to the lower lip. Methods Literature review performed. Results Presentation of novel, two-stage technique for lower lip and chin reconstruction with a submental flap and a radial forearm free flap, suspension of the lower lip and chin with a tensor fascia lata graft, and vermilion reconstruction with a buccal mucosal flap. Conclusions This procedure meets all goals of total lower lip reconstruction with the exception of the introduction of dynamic tissue and represents a novel solution to a challenging reconstructive problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)618-625
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2017


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