Lip reconstruction: Primary full thickness closure and superficial partial thickness closure

Guanning Lu, Shaun C. Desai

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Abstract

The lips play a principle role in the lower third of the face. Defects of the lips can result in profound functional and aesthetic consequences. Small to medium sized full thickness defects of the lip are amenable to primary closure and can yield excellent results. Partial thickness cutaneous defects may be amenable to local flap techniques or conversion to a full thickness defect for primary closure. By understanding the anatomic basis, patient factors, defect characteristics, and surgical nuances in primary lip repair, reconstructive surgeons can achieve superior outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-9
Number of pages8
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Lip cancer
  • Lip flap
  • Lip reconstruction
  • Lip wedge resection
  • Local flap
  • Primary closure
  • Skin cancer
  • Skin graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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