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  • Author: Ehsan Shams Koushki x
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Applications of Kite Flap in Reconstruction of Cheek Defects after Tumor Excision


Objectives: The main aim of this study was to present our experience with V-Y island flaps in reconstruction of the cheek defects after tumor excision in 3 facial zones.

Patients and methods: 40 patients with cutaneous carcinomas of the cheek in 3 facial zones (17 Sub- Orbital, 19 Bucco-Mandibular and 4 Pre-Auricular) resulting from skin tumor excision were reconstructed using V-Y flaps from July 2009- June 2011.

Results: 40 patients with small to medium-sized defects (3-6cm) ranging from 25 to 70 years were treated. Of these 40 patients, 17 were men (42.5%) and 23 were women (57.5%). We had no complications and the functional and aesthetic outcomes were quite acceptable. No recurrence of malignant skin tumor was observed to date (mean 1.5 yrs.).

Conclusions: The kite flap is one of the methods for reconstruction of small to medium-size defects in different zones of the cheek. This method has aesthetic and functional superiority in comparison with skin grafts or other local flaps in the cheek.

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