Massive facial damages extremely affect the facial appearance and function. In existing publications, the surgical flap transfer was still prior to other methods in repairing the facial injury. Among them, the prefabricated induced expanded skin flap seems more effective based on the facial specific features and damage range. In this study, a literature research was carried out in the database of PubMed. A total of 85 patients were included and all of them underwent the method of prefabricated expanded flap to reconstruct the massive facial defects. The prefabricated induced expanded skin flaps harvested from the neck and chest area have prominent advantage in resetting massive facial deformities. All the flaps survived demonstrated an excellent texture and color match with the facial defects areas. However, the unsolved problems are still existed in these flaps and further research is necessary to obtain a satisfactory outcome for both patients and surgeons.
Department of Plastic Surgery, The 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Da-Ping Yang, MD, Department of Plastic Surgery, The 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150000, China; E-mail: email@example.com
Received 13 January, 2017
Accepted 16 October, 2018
The authors report no conflicts of interest.
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