Eyebrow Reconstruction: Options for Reconstruction of Cutaneous Defects of the Eyebrow

Sirunya Silapunt, Leonard H. Goldberg, S. Ray Peterson, Erin S. Gardner, Deborah Macfarlane

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BACKGROUND. Reconstruction of cutaneous eyebrow defects is a challenge, as eyebrow positioning provides an important role in communication, cosmesis, and signaling age, gender, and emotional status. Special consideration must be paid in order to maintain eyebrow symmetry and to avoid distortion of the hairline. OBJECTIVE. To demonstrate reconstructive options for the eyebrow that preserve maximal function and cosmesis. METHODS. The anatomy and function of the eyebrow are reviewed. Descriptions of five techniques of eyebrow reconstruction are then presented, including specific limitations and benefits of each closure option. Pertinent details regarding flap mechanics, design, and patient selection are also included. RESULTS. There are several options available for reconstruction of the eyebrow. Each closure method has advantages and disadvantages. The selection must be individualized, depending on the extent and location of the eyebrow defect relationship to other structures, gender, and age of patients. Each of the five closure options aid to maintain the function and aesthetic appearance of the eyebrow. CONCLUSION. Understanding the unique anatomy and function of the eyebrow, including its movement in facial expression, is useful in achieving good reconstructive outcomes while maintaining normal eyebrow function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-535
Number of pages6
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number4 I
StatePublished - Apr 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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