Volume 17, Number 3, September 2005

Aesthetic Lip-chin Splitting Incisions for Oral and Oropharyngeal Surgery

Satoshi Yokoo, Shungo Furudoi, Tsutomu Minamikawa, Yasuyuki Shibuya, Masahiro Umeda, Takahide Komori, Hiroto Terashi

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan

Abstract
Objective: To evaluate aesthetic lip-chin splitting incisions for oral and oropharyngeal surgery for patients with cancer.
Materials and Methods: Two different incisions were used for 46 patients and were evaluated for their aesthetic outcome.
Results: The aesthetic results of the 2 different lip-chin splitting incisions were found to be excellent. Three aesthetic patterns of the lip-chin area were recognised: clear aesthetic units, good aesthetic units with the incision camouflaged by relaxed skin tension lines, and slight scarring after surgery. None of the patients developed lip vermilion notching.
Conclusions: Aesthetic lip splitting incisions are an important component of treatment. Resection of malignant tumours must be performed with due consideration of the functional and aesthetic results.

Key words:
Chin, Contracture, Esthetics, Lip, Surgical procedures

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2005;17:179-182.
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