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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Sep;62(9):1196-201. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2007.12.086. Epub 2008 Nov 22.

Lower lip reconstruction with local neuromusculocutaneous advancement flap.

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şişli Etfal Research Hospital, Department of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey.


Various reconstruction techniques, using the remaining lip or the adjacent cheek tissue, have been described for the repair of lower lip defects. With these techniques, microstomia, commissural distortion, functional insufficiency, and sensorial loss might be observed. The authors describe a technique of lower lip reconstruction with preservation of neuromuscular tissue as a single-stage procedure. Lip sensation and orbicularis oris muscle function are preserved. Fifteen patients with lower lip defects, after tumour ablation or after traumatic loss, were treated by this technique. The only prerequisite for the application of this technique is the availability of at least 20% of the remaining lip tissue. Satisfactory functional, aesthetical, and sensational results were obtained.

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