The eyes, nose, and lips make up the prominent aesthetic components of the face. Trauma, congenital defects, and neoplasms can disrupt any of these structures with a subsequent need for reconstruction. The lips, however, are unique in their broad range of functional and aesthetic uses. The lips provide oral competence, are important to speech and deglutition, and convey emotion. Like the eyes and nose, there is a sharp demarcation between the cutaneous and mucosal margin. However, the lips lack cartilaginous support or bony attachments. The surgeon's primary reconstructive goal is to maintain oral competence adequate for deglutition and speech while providing an aesthetically pleasing result. Traditional reconstructive methods have remained the foundation for perioral reconstruction, although newer techniques continue to be introduced. We offer an algorithm for traditional techniques and highlight recent additions to the literature.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery|
|State||Published - 1996|
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