alexa Functional and Aesthetic Outcome Enhancement of Head and Neck Reconstruction through Secondary Procedures.


Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology

Author(s): Hofer SO, Payne CE

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Abstract THE FOUNDATION OF HEAD AND NECK RECONSTRUCTION IS BASED ON TWO PILLARS: the restoration of function and the restoration of aesthetics. The objective of this article is to provide insight into how to prevent undesirable functional and aesthetic outcome after the initial procedure and also to provide solutions for enhancement of functional and aesthetic outcome with secondary procedures. Functional and aesthetic outcome enhancement is discussed in relation to the individual structures within the oral cavity, for the mandible, and for facial reconstruction. Normal prerequisites for all individual structures are described, and key points for restoration of these functional and aesthetic issues are proposed. In addition, further suggestions to improve suboptimal results after initial reconstructive surgery are presented. Understanding the function and aesthetics of the area to be reconstructed will allow appropriate planning and management of the initial reconstruction. Secondary enhancement should be attainable by minor procedures rather than a requirement to redo the initial reconstruction.
This article was published in Semin Plast Surg and referenced in Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology

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