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September 1992

Bilobed Flap Reconstruction of the Temporal Forehead

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, University of Rochester (NY).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(9):978-982. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880090094024

• The temporal forehead is a particularly challenging area for reconstruction. Temporal forehead skin lies in a broad flat plane that varies in thickness. The eyebrow, scalp hairline, and lateral canthus comprise its aesthetic boundaries and limit the available tissue for repair of defects. Characteristically, skin tumors of the temporal forehead have extensive subclinical spread and their removal leaves large defects. The goal of temporal forehead reconstruction is to recreate the aesthetic boundaries of the forehead and to regain symmetry with the contralateral side. The temporal forehead bilobed flap is a single-stage procedure that takes advantage of the best color match of adjacent tissue and often allows primary closure of the donor sites in relaxed skin tension lines with minimal distortion. Several cases are presented for illustration of the technique.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118:978-982)