The subcutaneous vascular system demonstrated in the first part of this study augments skin flap survival when included within human abdominal flaps. Flaps with larger subcutaneous vessels will survive to a greater length than flaps supplied solely by the subdermal plexus. Knowledge of the subcutaneous vascular system is applicable to breast reduction, subcutaneous mastectomy, and abdominal lipectomy.
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