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“Reading Man Flap” Design for Reconstruction of Circular Infraorbital and Malar Skin Defects

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Surgical complications such as lid retraction and ectropion from graft or flap scar contracture make reconstruction of skin defects in the malar and infraorbital regions challenging. OBJECTIVE

A new flap design, the reading man flap, was used to overcome these problems. The Limberg and bilobed flap were compared with the reading man flap. METHODS

The reading man flap consists mainly of a superiorly based quadrangular flap and an inferiorly based triangular flap. Malar and infraorbital circular skin defects measuring 14 × 14 to 40 × 40 mm were reconstructed with a reading man flap in 13 patients. The defects occurred after basal cell carcinoma in all patients. The Limberg flap, bilobed flap, and reading man flap were planned for same-sized defects on the abdominoplasty resection material. The results were compared in terms of total scar area, scar length, and total healthy skin area discarded. RESULTS

When comparing the 3 flap designs, the reading man flap was the most suitable flap in terms of total scar area and length. CONCLUSION

The reading man flap can be used to reconstruct malar and infraorbital circular defects with good cosmetic results and without creating any tractional forces to the eyelids.

The authors have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Publication date: November 1, 2008


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