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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 707065, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/707065
Clinical Study

Freestyle Local Perforator Flaps for Facial Reconstruction

1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University, 56 Dongsu-ro, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon 403-720, Republic of Korea
2Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University, 271 Cheonbo-ro, Uijeongbu 480-717, Republic of Korea

Received 17 September 2014; Revised 4 April 2015; Accepted 21 April 2015

Academic Editor: Cornelia Kasper

Copyright © 2015 Jun Yong Lee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

For the successful reconstruction of facial defects, various perforator flaps have been used in single-stage surgery, where tissues are moved to adjacent defect sites. Our group successfully performed perforator flap surgery on 17 patients with small to moderate facial defects that affected the functional and aesthetic features of their faces. Of four complicated cases, three developed venous congestion, which resolved in the subacute postoperative period, and one patient with partial necrosis underwent minor revision. We reviewed the literature on freestyle perforator flaps for facial defect reconstruction and focused on English articles published in the last five years. With the advance of knowledge regarding the vascular anatomy of pedicled perforator flaps in the face, we found that some perforator flaps can improve functional and aesthetic reconstruction for the facial defects. We suggest that freestyle facial perforator flaps can serve as alternative, safe, and versatile treatment modalities for covering small to moderate facial defects.