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International Innovations
July 2002

The Abbe Flap in Secondary Cleft Lip Repair

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia (Dr Bagatin); and Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle (Dr Most).

 

From the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia (Dr Bagatin); and Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle (Dr Most).

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2002;4(3):194-197. doi:

The Abbe flap is a full-thickness composite flap, involving the transfer of the skin, muscle, and mucosa of the central part of the lower lip to the upper lip.1-2 This vermilion-pedicled flap, based on the inferior labial vessels, has been used for secondary corrections in cleft deformities, more often in bilateral cases.3-4 Indications for its use include deficiency or scarring of the central part of the upper lip, thinness of the vermilion with a nonexistent lip tuberculum, or the absence of a Cupid's bow. The procedure may be combined with other reconstructive procedures.

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