Liposuction Contouring After Head and Neck Free Flap Reconstruction
Amir E Ibrahim*, Hamed Janom, Mohamad Raad
Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon
- *Corresponding Author:
- Amir E Ibrahim
Faculty Member, Division of Plastic Surgery
Department of Surgery, American University
of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 28, 2014; Accepted Date: April 22, 2015; Published Date: April 27, 2015
Citation: Ibrahim AE, Janom H, Raad M (2015) Liposuction Contouring After Head and Neck Free Flap Reconstruction. Anaplastology 4:145. doi:10.4172/2161-1173.1000145
Copyright: © 2015 Ibrahim AE et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Resection of bulky head and neck tumors is typically followed by microvascular free flap reconstruction. The latter has shown an acceptable success rate but often requires a secondary revision with a free tissue transfer reconstruction to improve outcome; both cosmetic and functional. Direct surgical revision via electrocautery/scalpel poses a high risk of flap perfusion compromise. Suction assisted lipectomy on the other hand is a feasible and safe technique that offers favorable contouring with comparable restoration cosmetic and functional outcomes. In this article, we review the indications and advantages of this technique and provide an outlook on its safety and pitfalls.