Delayed Debulking of Free Muscle Flaps for Aesthetic Contouring Debulking of Free Muscle Flaps.
Although denervated muscle and myocutaneous free flaps atrophy over a period of time, when used for surface coverage they may remain bulky, resulting in a less than optimal aesthetic result. With the availability of a number of donor sites, soft tissue defects can often be reconstructed with like tissue in a single stage. Even though the goal of all plastic surgeons is to achieve a good cosmetic result, special circumstances might dictate that need take precedence over form. We have had six cases where a bulky muscle was used to achieve well vascularised coverage. After wound closure had been successfully accomplished, a secondary debulking procedure was performed safely for a final acceptable aesthetic result.
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Chowdary, R. P., & Murphy, R. X. (1992). Delayed debulking of free muscle flaps for aesthetic contouring debulking of free muscle flaps. British Journal Of Plastic Surgery, 45(1), 38-41.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Plastic Surgery | Surgery
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty