Abstract

Anatomical studies of the vascular supply of the central forehead confirm that the supratrochlear artery is the primary axial blood supply of the vertically oriented mid-forehead flap. Mid-forehead flaps, which may be of median and paramedian design, can be based on a single supratrochlear artery. The paramedian design has the advantage of a narrower pedicle base, with greater effective flap length compared with the midline design. However, the scar resulting from repair of the donor defect is, on occasion, less favorable than a more centrally located scar that results from use of a median forehead flap. Whether a median or paramedian forehead flap is used, appropriate contouring and thinning of the flap are essential for an enhanced aesthetic result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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