Facial plast Surg 2008; 24(1): 035-042
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1021460
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Aesthetic Considerations in Mandibular Reconstruction

Ryan N. Heffelfinger1 , Prashant S. Malhotra1 , Michael A. Fishman2
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Publication Date:
20 February 2008 (online)


As free tissue transfer methods have improved, vascular bone grafting has become state of the art for reconstruction of mandibular defects. Prior studies have focused on flap survival and functional outcomes. The reconstructive surgeon should also strive to attain lofty aesthetic goals for this group of patients. The best results are achieved when patient factors, flap selection, treatment planning, and surgical techniques are all considered and properly selected.