Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2019; 33(01): 067-071
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1678470
Review Article
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Free Tissue Reconstruction of the Scalp

Mofiyinfolu Sokoya
1  Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Fort Worth, Texas
,
Emily Misch
2  Department of Otolaryngology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado
,
Aurora Vincent
3  Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington
,
Weitao Wang
4  Department of Otolaryngology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York
,
Sameep Kadakia
5  Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
,
Yadranko Ducic
1  Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Fort Worth, Texas
,
Jesse Smith
1  Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Fort Worth, Texas
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Publication History

Publication Date:
08 March 2019 (online)

Abstract

Reconstruction of scalp defects can be accomplished by many methods, but larger defects, especially those in which the periosteum is absent or calvarial defects are present, require free tissue transfer. Various methods of scalp reconstruction, as guided by the defect components and size, are presented herein, with a focus on free tissue transfer. Different free flaps for scalp reconstructed are described with a comparison of their advantages and disadvantages. Overall, free tissue transfer for scalp defects provides a reliable, durable, and cosmetically adequate reconstructive option.

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