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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2009 Apr;118(4):276-80.

Superficial parotidectomy via facelift incision.

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Department of Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


The stigma of a visually prominent facial scar following parotid surgery can be distressing to a young patient. The surgical technique of parotidectomy via a facelift incision is described and evaluated. Thirty patients with a benign lesion of the parotid gland underwent a partial superficial parotidectomy via a modified facelift incision. After operation, all patients had excellent cosmesis and complete function of the facial nerve. The facelift incision provides adequate exposure of the parotid gland for (partial) superficial parotidectomy. It can be offered as an alternative to a select group of patients who present with a small, mobile tumor in the tail of the parotid gland and an explicit request for an invisible postoperative scar.

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