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Surgery Research and Practice
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 873453, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Autologous Fat Transfer: An Aesthetic and Functional Refinement for Parotidectomy

Department of Plastic Surgery, Clinique Saint Jean, 32 Boulevard du Jardin Botanique, Bte 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Received 6 October 2013; Revised 2 December 2013; Accepted 5 December 2013; Published 8 January 2014

Academic Editor: Jose Maria Serra-Renom

Copyright © 2014 Pierre G. Vico 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.


Parotidectomy is a surgical procedure associated to functional (Frey’s syndrome) as well as aesthetic (facial asymmetry) complications that can be very disturbing for the patient. Several procedures have been described to primarily avoid or secondarily reconstruct the facial defect and treat the neurological iatrogenic syndrome. Autologous fat transfer was primarily used in 10 cases to avoid such complications. It is an easy technique widely used in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. This technique gives very satisfying long-term results on the cosmetic as well as on the physiological point of view.