Facial plast Surg 2013; 29(05): 333-339
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1353372
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Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

Facial Artery Flaps in Facial Oncoplastic Reconstruction

Tommaso Fabrizio
1  Unit of Plastic Surgery, Centro Di Riferimento Oncologico Della Basilicata, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Rionero in Vulture, Italy
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Publication Date:
13 September 2013 (online)


The face is one of the common sites for cutaneous cancer localization. It is well known that the face is the localization of more than 50% of skin cancers. Nowadays, the principles of modern “oncoplasty” recommend the complete excision of the cancer and the reconstruction with respect to cosmetic features of the face in terms of good color, good softness, and good texture of the flaps, utilized in cancer repair. The oncological and cosmetic results of facial reconstruction are strictly linked and the modern plastic and reconstructive surgeon must respect both oncological and cosmetic aspects. For that reason the best solution in facial cancer repair is the utilization of locoregional flaps based on the tributary vessels of the facial artery. In consideration of the dimension of recipient area to repair, the retroangular flap (RAF) or the submental flap could be used. This article is voted to illustrate a very large and long-term casuistry dedicated to these flaps.