Eur J Plast Surg (2005) 28: 45 DOI 10.1007/s00238-004-0687-x EDITOR’S COMMENT I. T. Jackson Editorial comment on ‘‘Nasolabial island ﬂap for lower lip repair’’ by Cavina et al. Published online: 30 September 2004 Springer-Verlag 2004 The authors have presented a technique which actually large defects in the lip; however, it does have the dis- can be used in many areas of the face, where instead of advantage that it does not supply vermillion, and in traditional transposition ﬂaps, island ﬂaps can be used. some of the illustrations patients can be seen to apply As in the description of the nasolabial island ﬂap, it is a makeup directly onto the skin. On the other hand, it is one-stage procedure, the ﬂap is actually more maneu- reliable, and as mentioned above, the donor site is verable, and it tends to be much more tailored for the minimal, and it is an economical method of recon- primary defect. struction which would normally be carried out under The ﬂap which they describe is not new, but it is local anesthesia with perhaps some sedation, when worth giving it some fresh publicity. Clearly, the donor necessary. site is excellent. When it is closed there is little to show The authors are to be congratulated for reminding us in terms of a signiﬁcant scar. The island can ﬁll fairly of this useful method. I. T. Jackson Southﬁeld, Michigan, USA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 1, 2005
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