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Flap Basics II: Advancement Flaps


Flap Basics II: Advancement Flaps

Matthew Shew et al. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am.


A mastery of advancement flap design, selection, and execution greatly aids the surgeon in solving reconstructive dilemmas. Advancement flaps involve carefully planned incisions to most efficiently close a primary defect in a linear vector. Advancement flaps are subcategorized as unipedicle, bipedicle, V-to-Y, and Y-to-V flaps, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. When selecting and designing an advancement flap, the surgeon must account for primary and secondary movement to prevent distortion of important facial structural units and boundaries.

Keywords: Advancement flap; Bipedicle; Cervicofacial advancement flap; H-plasty; T-plasty; Unipedicle.

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