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Research Letter
Mar/Apr 2016

Use of Lateral Forehead Rotational Flaps to Close Paramedian Forehead Flap Donor Sites

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Division of Plastic Surgery, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Northbrook, Illinois
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(2):146-148. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2015.2002

The paramedian forehead flap is commonly used for nasal reconstruction.14 The donor site can typically be closed primarily with acceptable scarring. However, for larger nasal defects, the donor site at the cephalic portion of the forehead is frequently too large to be closed primarily.5 Historically, these donor sites have been left to heal secondarily. However, this process can take months and comes at significant morbidity to the patient. This study reviews our experiences using lateral forehead rotational flaps to help close primarily large forehead flap donor sites.

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