Author(s): Matsumoto K, Nakanishi H, Urano Y, Kubo Y, Nagae H
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Abstract The use of a cheek rotation flap is a well-known method for reconstruction of a large defect of the lower eyelid. In this technique, a separate lining tissue supporting the cheek flap is required for full-thickness reconstruction. Previously, a chondromucosal graft or conchal cartilage has been used to support this flap. Recently, we have used a homologous or autologous fascia lata as support for the cheek flap instead of rigid tissues like cartilages. A fascia lata strip is fixed with tolerable tension to the medial canthal tendon and lateral orbital rim. The inner surface of the fascia and the cheek flap is lined with a buccal mucosa graft to decrease irritation of the conjunctiva and cornea. We present here seven patients in whom this procedure was used for lower eyelid reconstruction following resection of a malignant skin tumor. Based on follow-ups of 7 to 22 months, the functional and aesthetic results have been good in all cases. This procedure may be applicable for total or subtotal reconstruction of the lower eyelid.
This article was published in Plast Reconstr Surg
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology