Facial plast Surg 2001; 17(4): 295-308
DOI: 10.1055/s-2001-18831
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Local Flaps in Scar Revision

J. Madison Clark1 , Tom D. Wang2
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • 2Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
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Publication Date:
05 December 2001 (online)


Local and regional skin flaps provide the foundation for reconstructive surgery of the face. When planned and executed properly, local skin flaps provide rapid reconstruction using donor tissue with excellent color and texture match, and a reliable, adequate blood supply. The majority of local skin flaps are utilized for reconstruction after superficial cancer extirpation, however, unfavorable scars from previous trauma, burns, or reconstruction efforts provide the motivated patient and surgeon another opportunity to restore form and function. This article reviews techniques commonly used to reconstruct the face and provides several cases where these techniques were successfully employed.