Freehand full-thickness grafting for facial defects: A review of methods

Todd Johnson, Michael F. Zide

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Purpose: This article reviews the use of full-thickness skin grafts for closure of facial defects. Patients and Methods: In almost 3 years, 30 patients had full-thickness skin grafting after removal of premalignant or malignant facial skin lesions. The most common graft harvest sites included the preauricular and postauricular, neck, and supraclavicular areas. Results: Few complications were seen except for rare surface necrosis and depression of the grafted site, and the esthetic results were generally satisfactory. Conclusion: Full-thickness skin grafts offer a reliable alternative to the use of flaps in selected cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1050-1056
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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