Rapid Communication| Volume 40, ISSUE 2, P171-172, March 1987

Use of expanded temporal flaps to resurface the skin grafted forehead

  • David J. Coleman
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    West Midlands Regional Plastic and Jaw Surgery Unit, Wordsley Hospital, Wordsley, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 5QX, UK
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      The forehead flap, whilst providing a reliable method of intra-oral reconstruction, leaves an unsightly donor defect in the skin grafted forehead. We describe a technique of resurfacing the forehead using tissue expansion. Axial pattern flaps of expanded hairless temporal scalp are transposed to the forehead. This technique is likely to have wide applications since no other satisfactory method of resurfacing the entire forehead exists.


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