Inferiorly Based Rotation Flaps for Infraorbital Cheek Defects

Jessica M. Donigan, Oliver Taylor, Charlotte Greif, Divya Srivastava, Rajiv I. Nijhawan

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BACKGROUNDThe infraorbital cheek is a common location for cutaneous malignancy and thus surgical defects. Reconstruction in this region must maintain nearby free margins to ensure optimal cosmetic and functional outcomes. Large defects may require a flap using lateral or inferior tissue reservoirs.OBJECTIVETo examine outcomes of inferiorly based rotation flaps in the repair of infraorbital cheek defects and highlight pearls for optimal long-term results.METHODSChart review of patients with a defect of the infraorbital cheek repaired with an inferiorly based rotation flap between February 2010 and December 2018 at a single academic institution. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used for scar assessment.RESULTSSixty-five patients underwent extirpation of a cutaneous malignancy resulting in defects ranging from 1.0 × 1.0 to 4.5 × 5.5 cm (mean area = 4.8 cm2). Most of the patients did not experience complications. Ectropion occurred in 7 patients. The mean VAS score was 11.6.CONCLUSIONAn inferiorly based rotation flap yields acceptable outcomes for infraorbital cheek defects and can be considered for defects as large as 5.5 cm. Using pearls for surgical execution presented in this article may allow reconstructive surgeons to include this flap in their repertoire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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