Bilateral Vermilion Flaps for Lower Lip Repair



Bilateral Vermilion Flaps for Lower Lip Repair


H. OHTSUKA





Bilateral vermilion flaps, a modification of a single arterialized vermilion flap used for small defects (1), can be used for median or central and rather lateral, larger defects of the lower lip (2).




ANATOMY

The inferior labial artery runs close to the mucous membrane. There may be asymmetries or variations of lower-lip vermilion vascularization, including the equal distribution of the bilateral inferior labial arteries, the predominance of the artery on one side, the presence of the artery on only one side, or the artery presenting as the terminal branch of the sublabial artery (4, 5). In any case, an abundant vascular network is constantly recognized in the vermilion.

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Jun 26, 2016 | Posted by in General Surgery | Comments Off on Bilateral Vermilion Flaps for Lower Lip Repair
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