Aesthetic reconstruction of a defect in the skin of the upper lip using a hatchet flap.

Journal of plastic surgery and hand surgery

PubMedID: 22471254

Kuwahara M, Yurugi S, Mashiba K, Iioka H, Niitsuma K, Noda T, Manago E. Aesthetic reconstruction of a defect in the skin of the upper lip using a hatchet flap. J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2012;46(2):80-4.
Reconstruction of the upper lip requires symmetrical reconstruction of the free border according to the aesthetic principle. We have reconstructed this area with a hatchet flap, so that the scars match the subunit line as far as possible by rotation and advancement of the flap. We operated on six patients. The lower pedicled flap was used in 4 cases and the upper pedicled flap in 2, who also needed reconstruction of the vermillion. In one patient the scar did not match the nasolabial fold. For the upper pedicled cases, scars made on the vermillion were not conspicuous. However, trap door deformity occurred in half, which was a disadvantage. We think that our flap is useful, because it leaves a minimal scar in an inconspicuous area.