High-Yield Topics



image    What is the next step following reduction mammaplasty when the resection specimen contains invasive ductal carcinoma?

Determine tumor margins; decide on completion mastectomy.

image    What is a critical factor in deciding breast contouring following implant removal?

Preoperative ptosis (remains unchanged following removal).

image    What best determines performing contouring and implant removal in the same setting?

Thickness of residual breast (minimum thickness of 4 cm required).

image    Compared to traditional transaxillary submuscular breast augmentation, endoscopic techniques are associated with a decreased rate of what?

Malpositioning of the implant.

image    Breast ptosis results from elongation and laxity of what structure?

Cooper ligaments.

image    What is the most appropriate CPT code used for fat grafting?

Fat grafting is reported with code 20926 (tissue grafts, other [e.g., paratenon, fat, dermis]) and includes the following: Harvest of the fat graft material by any method, closure of the donor site, processing of fat graft material, injection of fat graft into recipient site, and 90 days of routine postoperative care.

image    Mastectomy resulting in decreased bulk in the inferior and lateral portions of the right pectoral muscle is caused by denervation of what nerve?

Medial pectoral; C8–T1 supplies lower and lateral sternal portion of pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscle.

image    What does the lateral pectoral nerve supply?

Arises from C5–6, supplies the medial portion of the pectoralis muscle.

image    How does one assess the status of the pectoralis muscle in postmastectomy reconstruction?

Have the patient place hands on hips and contract chest muscles.

image    During breast augmentation, underfilling of the implants below the manufacturer’s recommended minimum will most likely have what effect?

Decreases longevity of the implant and leads to early rupture.

image    What advantage does an extended latissimus dorsi flap have over a standard latissimus dorsi flap in the setting of breast reconstruction?

A decreased need for adjuvant breast implantation.

image    What mammographic finding is seen 6 to 18 months following an inferior pedicle reduction mammoplasty?

Parenchymal redistribution, nipple elevation, calcifications, oil cysts from localized fat necrosis.

image    Breast reduction by liposuction is most useful in breasts with what percentage of fat?


image    In a young patient undergoing MRM with postoperative radiation, what procedure will provide the best aesthetic reconstruction?

Delayed reconstruction with autologous tissue.

image    In a study comparing early and late complications in patients who underwent TRAM reconstruction followed by radiation versus radiation treatment followed by TRAM reconstruction, what were the differences?

The early complications did not differ, but the late complications were more frequent in the group undergoing immediate reconstruction.

image    A woman who has the BRCA2 mutation has a lifetime incidence of what percentage of developing breast cancer?


image    Sharp dissection lateral to the lateral edge of the pectoralis muscle during augmentation mammaplasty may result in what complication?

Numbness of the nipple–areola complex; the fourth and fifth anterolateral intercostal nerves provide sensation to the nipple–areola complex.

image    What is consistently the best marking for the new nipple position during reduction mammaplasty?

The inframammary fold.

image    What represents the lateral border of the breast footprint?

Anterior axillary fold.

image    Sensation to the nipple–areolar complex is derived from what?

Anterolateral branches of the third through fifth intercostal nerves (primarily the fourth nerve).

image    Define pseudoptosis of the breast.

The nipple remains above the IMF, but the breast mass descends below the NAC.

image    What is first-degree ptosis?

The NAC descends to the level of the IMF.

image    What is second-degree ptosis?

The nipple is located beneath the IMF, but is not the lowest point of the breast.

image    In polymastia, where are accessory mammary structure most commonly found?

The axilla.

image    What supplies sensation to the upper breast?

Cervical branches from the third and fourth.

image    The medial and inferior breast?

Branches from the anterior cutaneous branches.

image    What is the most common cause of asymmetric enlargement of a breast over a year with a palpable mass in a teenage girl?

Fibroadenoma; treat with excision.

image    What is the first treatment for nipple cyanosis following breast reduction?

Releasing the sutures surrounding the NAC and return to the OR.

image    What are the criteria for free nipple grafting?

Reduction amount greater than 1,500 g, nipple transposition length greater than 25 cm, and a history of smoking or diabetes.

image    What affects the quality of mammography with breast implants?

Implant position, capsular contracture, native breast volume.

image    What common medications may cause gynecomastia?

Tagamet, Digoxin, Minocycline, spironolactone.

image    What are key elements of the Lejour reduction mammaplasty?

Central vertical gland excision and excision of skin in one direction, upper pedicle, more difficult to determine resection end point.

image    What is considered the best reconstructive option for the breast as a secondary procedure following mastectomy and irradiation?

TRAM reconstruction; implant reconstruction associated with increased capsular contraction rate with prior irradiation.

image    What condition has an increased risk of hypercoaguability and must be considered in free flap reconstruction?

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

image    What is the next appropriate step for a woman preceding breast augmentation with milky discharge and regular menstrual cycles?

Obtaining a serum prolactin level to rule out a pituitary lesion; thyroid function studies, medication history (e.g., tricyclic antidepressants).

image    What is the most frequent complication following periareolar mastopexy?

Areolar widening.

image    What defines a tuberous breast?

Constricted appearance of breast; unilateral narrowing of the breast; narrow breast diameter, superior displacement of the IMF; areola enlarged; breast hypoplasia.

image    How is a tuberous breast treated?

Augmentation mammaplasty with IMF adjustment, radial scoring of the breast glandular tissue, areola reduction.

image    What is the rate of additional procedures following breast implant augmentation?

25% of patients requiring additional procedure within 13 years.

image    What is the rate of deflation after implant augmentation?

1% annually.

image    What is the approximate rate of capsular contraction?

20% to 25%.

image    What portion of breast parenchyma is affected after implant augmentation?

Estimated 5%, not entirely seen on mammography.

image    What nerve supplies the nipple–areola complex?

The lateral branch of the fourth intercostal nerves.

image    What factors are increased in smokers who undergo free TRAM breast reconstruction?

Necrosis of the mastectomy skin, abdominal skin, and hernia rates.

image    What factors are not increased with smokers undergoing free TRAM breast reconstruction?

Vessel thrombosis, fat necrosis, flap loss, or wound infection.

image    What are the grades of gynecomastia?

I: mild enlargement without redundant skin.

IIA: moderate enlargement without redundant skin.

IIB: moderate enlargement with skin redundancy.

III: marked enlargement with significant redundant skin.

image    What are the methods of treating gynecomastia?

Suction lipectomy, excising a concentric circle of skin, amputation with free nipple grafting, glandular resection with liposuction.

image    What are the general indications for delayed mastopexy following implant explantation?

Marked ptosis requiring nipple elevation of greater than 4 cm, breast mound less than 4 cm, smoking history.

image    What is the procedure that should be done for grade II breast ptosis?

For repositioning of the nipple–areola complex of 2 to 4 cm, a Wise pattern mastopexy may be performed.

image    What procedure is recommended for pseudoptosis?

Wedge excision from the inframammary fold.

image    What is the most appropriate next step for a smoker having undergone implant explantation with marked ptosis and less than 4 cm of breast thickness?

Delayed mastopexy for 3 months at minimum.

image    What patients are appropriate candidates for nipple sparing mastectomy?

Tumor size of 3 cm or less, at least 2 cm from the nipple, not multicentric, and those with clinically negative nodes.

image    After bilateral TRAM elevation, what supplies the umbilicus primarily?

Ligamentum teres.

image    To minimize hernia recurrence following abdominal-based autologous reconstruction, where is the optimal position to place mesh to minimize recurrence?

Between rectus muscle and posterior rectus sheath.

image    What are the venous thromboembolism guidelines based on Caprini score (risk assessment model)?

Patients undergoing major plastic and reconstructive operative procedures performed during general anesthesia that last longer than 60 minutes should receive VTE prevention. For patients with Caprini score of 3 to 6, the use of postoperative low–molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) or unfractionated heparin (UH) should be considered. For patients with Caprini score of 3 or more, use of mechanical prophylaxis throughout the duration of chemical prophylaxis for nonambulatory patients should be considered. For patients with Caprini score of 7 or more, the use of extended LMWH postoperative prophylaxis should be strongly considered.

image    What is the greatest source of dissatisfaction following breast reduction?

Noticeable scarring.

image    Following reduction mammaplasty, what is the percentage of being able to breast-feed?


image    What is the best radiologic study to assess for silicone breast implant rupture? What is the linguine sign?

MRI. The linguine sign is a finding on MRI of multiple curvilinear low–signal-intensity lines within the high–signal-intensity silicone gel signifying implant rupture.

image    Patient presents 6 weeks after breast reduction with a firm, painless mass in the breast. Diagnosis?

Fat necrosis.

image    Define the following chest wall abnormalities:


image    What findings are seen in Poland syndrome?

Pectoralis muscle sternal head hypoplasia, hypoplasia/aplasia of the breast, ipsilateral hand anomalies; males and females equally affected; chest wall anomalies.

image    What is the initial management of gynecomastia in puberty in the absence of other abnormalities?

Observation and follow-up in 12 months.

image    How old do you have to be to get cosmetic silicone breast augmentation?

The FDA has approved silicone gel breast implants for women aged 22 and older. Younger patients get saline implants.

image    What is the proper shape and location of the male nipple–areola complex?

Oval in shape and located at the fourth to fifth intercostal spaces.

image    True/False: Size of the implant in breast augmentation influences postoperative nipple sensation.


image    What is the downside to using a textured silicone implant over a smooth silicone implant?

Increased rate of rippling.

image    True/False: Textured implants have a higher rate of capsular contracture than smooth implants?

False, they have slightly less.

image    What nerves may be injured during transaxillary breast augmentation?

Intercostobrachial and medial brachial cutaneous nerves providing sensation to the medial aspect of the upper arm.

image    What is the lifetime risk of breast cancer in a male with the BRCA2 gene mutation? Female with BRCA1 mutation? Female with BRCA2 mutation?

7% in males, in females, 85% BRCA1, 60% BRCA2.

image    What is a phyllodes tumor? How is it treated?

Tumors from the periductal stromal cells of the breast. They are typically fast growing but 90% are benign. Management is local excision and close annual surveillance.


image    How is a “hanging” columella treated?

Trimming of the caudal margin of the septum and medial crura of the lower lateral cartilage.

image    What is the best flap to use for a defect of the lateral nasal ala?

Nasolabial flap, superiorly based.

image    What should be used for a defect of the lateral nasal wall above the ala?

Cheek advancement flap.

image    A defect of the caudal third of the nose centrally?

Frontonasal flap.

image    What skin characteristics negatively affect results after rhinoplasty?

Thick skin with large sebaceous glands; skin envelope does not conform easily.

image    What are the three zones of injury occurring in a nasal fracture?

Upper vault (nasal bones, ethmoid, vomer, cephalic septal border); middle vault (upper lateral cartilages, septum, maxilla); lower vault (alar cartilages, inferior septum).

image    What is the limit at which airway resistance increases in the internal nasal valve?

Less than 10 to 12 degrees.

image    What defines the internal nasal valve area?

The caudal margin of the upper lateral cartilage, septum, nasal floor, and anterior edge of inferior turbinate.

image    Secondary healing of what part of the nose is least likely to provide an acceptable cosmetic result?

The nasal tip.

image    What techniques have important roles in providing tip projection in addition to tip grafting?

Suturing of the medial crura, placing a strut graft between the medial crura.

image    What effect occurs with resection of the lateral and medial crura and the nasal spine?

Decrease of tip projection.

image    What effect does a complete transfixion incision have?

Decreases projection secondary to weakening of nasal support.

image    True/False: The evaluation of the nasal airway should include the nasal dorsum.


image    In a patient with a negative Cottle maneuver, what procedure is likely to improve the nasal airway?

Lateral strut graft of the crus.

image    What comprises the external nasal valve?

Columella, ala, nasal sill.

image    What comprises the internal nasal valve?

Area of the angle between the upper lateral cartilage and septum.

image    How is vestibular stenosis treated?

An alar base flap.

image    What factors lead to a saddle nose deformity?

Excessive dorsal or septal resection, nasal bone comminution during infracture, or a fracture of the perpendicular ethmoid plate.

image    What supplies sensation to the nasal radix?

The supratrochlear and infratrochlear nerves.

image    What supplies sensation to the nasal tip?

External nasal branch of the anterior ethmoidal nerve; emerges from nasal bone and lateral nasal cartilage.

image    What part of the nose is innervated by the infraorbital nerve?

Lower lateral half and skin of the columella.

image    What is supplied by the infratrochlear nerve?

Superior portion of the nasal side wall and skin over the radix.

image    Where is a 1-cm defect on the nose most amenable to healing by secondary intention?

Area of the medial canthus, glabella, nasolabial fold, and philtrum.

image    What is the blood supply to the nasal tip during an open rhinoplasty?

Lateral nasal artery that arises from the angular artery.

image    What artery is divided during open rhinoplasty?

The columellar branch of the superior labial artery.

image    What vessels from the internal carotid artery supply the nasal skin?

Dorsal nasal artery, external branch of the ethmoidal artery.

image    What defect is a dorsal nasal flap typically used for?

A defect of the nasal tip up to 2 cm.

image    What is the polybeak deformity following rhinoplasty due to?

Excessive reduction of the tip particularly in the setting of poor nasal tip projection.

image    What is the treatment for alar collapse with inspiration and a pinched nasal tip?

Grafting of the nasal tip with cartilage.

image    What are the causes of a saddle nose deformity after rhinoplasty?

Overresection of the septum, separation of the cartilaginous septum from the vomer, collapse of the vertical component of the L-strut.

image    What causes the inverted V deformity after rhinoplasty?

Collapse of the upper lateral cartilage.

image    What causes the open-roof deformity after rhinoplasty?

Failure of the nasal bones to come together in the midline after osteotomies.

image    What causes a stair-step deformity after rhinoplasty?

An osteotomy that is too high on the nasal process and not flush with the maxilla resulting in a visible and palpable deformity.

image    How do you correct the inverted V deformity after rhinoplasty?

Spreader grafts correct the collapse of the internal nasal valve.

image    What is the advantage of partial submucous resection of the inferior turbinate over turbinate ablation?

Decreased incidence of atrophic rhinitis.

image    How do you treat a collapsed external nasal valve?

Alar batten grafts.


image    What is the Antia–Buch flap used for?

Lesions located on the lateral rim; tissue used from postauricular skin to reconstruct the helical margin.

image    Where on the avulsed pinna is anastomosis of the arteries most appropriate?

The posterior surface; larger arteries enter the pinna on the posterior surface.

image    Treatment of an auricular hematoma by needle aspiration is likely to result in what?


image    A 6-year-old boy with an obtuse concha-mastoid angle with a normal antihelical fold is best treated by what technique?

Setback of the concha using concha-mastoid sutures.

image    What are common causes of prominent ears?

Enlarged conchal bowl, obtuse concha-mastoid angle, loss of the antihelical fold.

image    How is ear prominence corrected from loss of the antihelical fold?

Abrading or scoring the antihelix and placing Mustarde sutures between the conchal and scaphoid eminence.

image    True/False: Microtia and inner ear abnormalities may be closely related.


image    What is orbital auricular vertebral syndrome otherwise known as?

Goldenhar syndrome (associated with microtia, cervical spine abnormalities, mandibular hypoplasia, preauricular pits/sinuses, hemifacial microsomia).

image    What develops from the first three hillocks of the ear during development?

First three hillocks are from the first arch; tragus, helical root, superior helix.

image    What develops from the second three hillocks of the ear?

Antitragus, antihelix, inferior helix and lobule; from the second branchial arch.

image    What is the treatment principle of cryptotia?

Detaching the superior auricle from the temporal area and placing a skin graft in the retroauricular area.

image    How is Stahl ear treated?

Advancing the third crus of the antihelix.

image    Placing sutures from the concha to the mastoid bowl and rasping the anterior surface of the antihelix has been described for what condition?

Correction of prominent ears.

image    How is the constricted ear treated?

Partially detaching the helix from the scapha and suturing the helix.

image    What is the treatment for an auricular implant (porous polyethylene) covered with a temporoparietal fascial flap with subsequent exposure of the implant?

Dressing changes and secondary wound healing for at least 6 months.

image    What principle guides the Mustarde otoplasty approach?

Using mattress sutures to bend the antihelix.

image    What is the Stenstrom technique?

Using an otoabrader to bend the anterior antihelical surface.

image    What is the Graham and Gault otoplasty technique?

Endoscopic scoring and suture of the cartilage posteriorly.

image    What is the Luckett procedure?

Excision of a crescent-shaped piece of skin/cartilage.

image    What is the Furnas technique?

Sutures spanning the concha to the mastoid.

image    What are the common descriptive findings in the prominent ear?

Conchal valgus, cranioauricular angle greater than 40 degrees, antihelical underfolding; widened conchoscaphal angle (greater than 90 degrees).

image    What are general options for correcting the prominent ear?

Concha to scapha sutures, concha to mastoid sutures, scoring the cartilage anteriorly, conchal resection, postauricular skin resection.

image    What is the optimal timing for microtia surgery in a child?

At 6 to 7 years of age, the ear is practically fully developed by age 7.

image    What is the ear canal typically created in microtia with respect to auricular reconstruction?

Typically following the creation of the auricle.

image    What is the initial management of the neonate with prominent ears?

Molding with tape and splinting.

image    How long do maternal estrogens remain in the neonate?

6 months, which allows for shaping of auricular cartilage.

image    What is the Stahl ear deformity?

A third crus, antihelical flattening, scaphoid fossa deformity.

image    What is the constricted ear?

Helical and scaphal hooding.

image    What is seen in cryptotia?

Upper pole of the ear is buried beneath skin; absence of superior auriculocephalic sulcus missing.

image    What nerve supplies sensation to the superior cranial surface of the ear?

Lesser occipital nerve.

image    What nerve supplies sensation to the skin of the anterosuperior EAC?

Lesser occipital nerve.

image    What areas are supplied by the great auricular nerve?

Inferior half of the lateral ear and inferior portion of the cranial surface of the ear.

image    What area is supplied by the auriculotemporal nerve?

Sensation to the anterosuperior surface of the external ear.

image    What does Arnold nerve supply?

Sensation to the concha and posterior EAC.

image    At what trimester does maldevelopment occur and microtia result?

First trimester between 4.5 and 10 weeks.

image    What is the treatment for a complete upper auricular defect from a burn several years ago?

Rib cartilage framework for the upper ear with temporoparietal fascia flap and skin graft.

image    What is the likely cause of recurrent prominence of ears following otoplasty at 7 months?

Suture failure at the antihelical fold.


image    What is the treatment for chronic ectropion and excessive scleral show after a chemical burn?

Full-thickness skin grafting.

image    What is the mechanism of involutional ectropion?

Laxity of the lower lid from the lower lid retractors becoming disinserted from the tarsal plate.

image    What is the treatment for involutional ectropion?

Lateral canthoplasty, lateral wedge excision, or excising of a full-thickness wedge from the lateral canthal region.

image    What structure does the common canaliculus enter the lacrimal sac posterior to?

The medial canthal tendon.

image    What muscle is most commonly injured in blepharoplasty?

Superior oblique; clinically may see tilting of head, and depression of chin.

image    What is the procedure required for a patient who exhibits a Jones I test without dye and a Jones II test with dye in the tear sac?


image    How is a Jones I test performed?

Instill 2% fluorescein dye into the conjunctival fornices; recovery of dye indicates a normal lacrimal system (or positive result); a negative result necessitates a Jones II test.

image    How is a Jones II test performed?

Dilation of the punta is performed first; fluid passing into the nose indicates that obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct is cleared.

image    A negative Jones I and a positive Jones II test indicate what?

Blockage of the nasolacrimal duct system.

image    What procedure will address lower eyelid skin laxity with 2 mm of scleral show bilaterally?

Lower lid blepharoplasty with lateral canthopexy.

image    Following lower lid blepharoplasty, a woman exhibiting scleral show, round, sad-looking eyes, photophobia, epiphora, what has anatomically occurred?

Scarring between the orbital septum and the capsulopalpebral fascia, resulting in lower lid retraction (without lid eversion); other causes include lateral canthal tendon laxity, midface descent.

image    What is the eyelid function in patients with Bell palsy?

Ectropion from dysfunction of the orbicularis muscle; inability to close the eye.

image    What characterizes aponeurotic ptosis?

Good levator function; elevation of eyelid crease, ability to visualize shadow of iris with eyelid closure (positive Nesi sign), or translucent upper eyelid.

image    What may be done to improve excess scleral show and slowed retraction of a “snap-back” test following blepharoplasty?

Lateral canthopexy.

image    How is a patient treated with 3.5 mm of ptosis and 10-mm levator function?

Resuturing of the levator aponeurosis.

image    What are the classifications of ptosis?

Neurogenic, myogenic, mechanical, aponeurotic.

image    When is eyebrow suspension used for ptosis treatment?

Poor levator function (less than 4 mm) and greater than 3 mm of ptosis.

image    When is the Fasanella–Servat procedure used?

Good levator function and minimal ptosis (less than 2 mm).

image    What procedure is used for levator function between 4- and 10-mm and 3-mm ptosis?

Levator resection.

image    What is the treatment of 4-mm ptosis and 2-mm levator function in a 5-year-old child?

Frontalis suspension.

image    What is associated with inadvertent blepharoptosis—Botox injection of the corrugator or lateral orbicularis?

The corrugator.

image    Transcutaneous lower lid blepharoplasty is associated with what undesired finding most commonly?

Malpositioned lower eyelids.

image    What may be done for asymmetrical lower eyelids following blepharoplasty?

Conservative (taping, Frost stitches) treatment first; surgery for failed conservative treatment (tarsal strip, wedge tarsectomy).

image    What percentage of patients undergoing orbital floor fracture repair through a preseptal transconjunctival approach develop ectropion?

Close to 0%.

image    What clinical findings are seen in levator aponeurosis dehiscence?

Ptosis, elevated supratarsal crease, thinning of upper eyelid skin.

image    What is typically done for levator aponeurosis dehiscence?

Levator advancement.

image    What is a likely cause of chronic lower lid deformity following ORIF of the orbital floor?

Posterior lamella shortening; posterior lamella (capsulopalpebral fascia) comprising tarsus, lower lid retractors, conjunctiva.

image    What is done for nasolacrimal duct obstruction?


image    What predisposing factors cause patients to have dry eye syndrome after blepharoplasty?

Exophthalmos, scleral show, lower lid hypotonia, maxillary hypoplasia.

image    What is blepharochalasis?

Recurrent episodes of painless edema of the eyelids; unclear etiology; caused by elastic tissue deficiency; leading to “baggy” appearance of lids.

image    What is dermatochalasis?

Excess eyelid skin.

image    What is the blepharophimosis syndrome?

Genetic condition; telecanthus, ptosis, upper eyelid phimosis.

image    What is the most common form of acquired ptosis?

Involutional; results from thinning of the levator aponeurosis; good levator function, elevated eyelid creases.

image    What characterizes blepharophimosis syndrome?

Type I: large epicanthal folds, epicanthus inversus, horizontal shortening of the eyelids, marked ptosis.

Type II: telecanthus, epicanthal fold absence, bilateral ptosis, no levator function, shortened eyelids.

Type III: missing epicanthal folds, telecanthus, antimongoloid slant; telecanthus.

image    What treatment is done for blepharophimosis?

Epicanthal fold repair, levator resection, medial canthoplasty, eyelid suspension.

image    What defines normal levator function?

Greater than 10 mm of excursion.

image    What degree of ptosis is the Fasanella–Servat procedure performed for?

Mild ptosis.

image    What is given for ptosis seen in Horner syndrome?

Phenylephrine eye drops.

image    What is the treatment of choice 14 days after blepharoplasty in a patient with lagophthalmos?

Corneal lubrication.

image    What structure are the upper eyelid fat pads immediately posterior to?

The orbital septum; the fat pads sit just anterior to the levator aponeurosis.

image    In the lower lids the fat pads are located just anterior to what structure?

The inferior retractors.

image    What separates the medial and middle fat pads in the lower lid?

The inferior oblique.

image    What is an epiblepharon?

A congenital anomaly in which a fold of skin lies across the upper or lower lid margin. In the lower eyelid it causes a turning inward of the eyelashes.

image    What is senile ptosis?

Most common cause of ptosis in elderly patients, the result of dehiscence of the levator aponeurosis. The supratarsal crease is elevated on examination.

image    How do you measure the prominence of the globe in relation to the orbit?

Distance from anterior border of globe to most anterior aspect of the lateral orbital rim. Enophthalmos is <14 mm, exophthalmos is >18 mm.

image    What happens to the lacrimal drainage system on eyelid closure?

Lacrimal puncta are closed, the lacrimal diaphragm is compressed, the lacrimal sac opens.

image    What is the appropriate amount of pretarsal eyelid show?

2 to 5 mm.

image    What is symblepharon?

Pathologic adhesion of the palpebral conjunctiva to the bulbar conjunctiva, usually related to thermal injury.

image    What is chemosis?

Edema of the bulbar conjunctiva.

image    What is a chalazion?

A cyst on the eyelid caused by inflammation from a blocked meibomian gland.

image    What is a hordeolum?

Also known as a sty, it is an infection of the sebaceous glands at the base of the eyelashes. Unlike a chalazion, these are acute, painful and usually do not resolve without intervention.

image    What is the function of the inferior oblique muscle? Superior oblique muscle?

Inferior oblique: abducts, elevates, laterally rotates; superior oblique: abducts, depresses, medially rotates.

image    What is the most commonly injured muscle during blepharoplasty?

Inferior oblique muscle. Presents as diplopia with upward gaze.

image    What muscle acts as the primary depressor of the lateral eyebrow?

Orbicularis oculi muscle.


image    What type of genioplasty should be performed in a patient with sagittal deficiency and vertical excess with class I occlusion?

Jumping genioplasty.

image    Where should the brow peak in a female patient undergoing browlifting?

At the lateral limbus to lateral canthal area.

image    What branch of the facial nerve is injured most frequently during face lift?


image    What effect do corticosteroids have on edema and ecchymosis following rhytidectomy?

No change in both instances.

image    Compared with primary rhytidectomy, distortion of the hairline is more or less frequent in secondary rhytidectomy?

More likely to occur; if the same incisions are used, recession of the temporal hairline, obliteration of sideburn hair, and alopecia may occur.

image    Are the risks of hematoma, hypertrophic scarring, and skin slough higher in the setting of secondary rhytidectomy?

Typically not.

image    What adverse effect is lessened by endoscopic browlifting as opposed to conventional coronal browlifting?

Scalp sensibility changes.

image    In a patient with microgenia who has both bony deficiencies in the anteroposterior and vertical dimensions, what is the most appropriate treatment?

Osseous genioplasty.

image    How well does chin implantation correct vertical deficiency of the chin?

It only corrects anteroposterior dimension.

image    Transverse rhytids along the root of the nose are from which muscle group?

Procerus (originates from upper lateral cartilage inserting into skin/glabella).

image    What is the origin/insertion of the corrugator?

Originate along periosteum/medial orbital rim inserting into dermis of upper eyelid.

image    Following a face lift, an inability to raise the upper lip on one side is due to what complication?

Injury to the buccal branch of the facial nerve (innervates levator labii oris).

image    What does injury to the cervical branch of the facial nerve manifest as?

Platysmal weakening, or an asymmetric smile.

image    What must be evaluated first during a consult for chin implantation?

The patient’s occlusion.

image    Fullness of the lateral orbit noted during browlift may be due to what structure?

A ptotic lacrimal gland.

image    What is the treatment of a ptotic lacrimal gland?

Suspension of the gland, not resection.

image    What approach is used for browlift in a 60-year-old woman with a high hairline with brow descent under the level of the supraorbital rim?

Open browlift through a hairline incision.

image    What may cause resorption of the malar fat pad following rhytidectomy?

Disruption of the branches of the angular artery; significant in malar fat pad advancement greater than 2 cm.

image    What is the treatment for bone resorption following chin implantation with chin asymmetry?

Implant removal, bone graft, and sliding genioplasty.

image    What is the treatment of an obtuse cervicomental angle, marked fat pads in anterior neck, subcutaneous banding, and loose redundant skin in the neck?

Removal of cervical fat and platysmaplasty.

image    What is the relation of the temporal branch of the facial nerve to the superficial temporal fascia above the zygomatic arch?

Deep to the superficial temporal fascia.

image    What is the most frequent rhytidectomy complication?

Hematoma (0.3–8.1%).

image    What are risk factors for hematoma following rhytidectomy?

Male patients and hypertension.

image    What vascular supply are the temporal scalp flap and Washio flap based on?

Posterior temporal branch of the superficial temporal artery.

image    What does the deep branch of the supraorbital nerve innervate?

Central frontoparietal scalp.

image    What does the superficial branch of the supraorbital nerve innervate?

Central forehead and hairline.

image    What supplies sensation to the temporal forehead?

V2 and V3.

image    What supplies sensation to the temporal scalp?

The occipital nerve.

image    What is the most worrisome component of a secondary rhytidectomy regarding postoperative complications?

Hairline distortion.

image    How does the vascular supply of the skin flap compare in a secondary rhytidectomy?

Usually good or better due to the delay factor following the primary procedure; skin slough is less frequent.

image    What is the mechanism of outward pseudoherniation of the buccal fat pad?

Buccopharyngeal membrane attenuation.

image    What is the natural progression of Bell palsy?

85% have recovery spontaneously within 3 weeks.

image    What is the description of the mandible in Pierre Robin sequence?

Retrognathia; normal mandibular dimensions.

image    What defines microgenia?

Maldevelopment of the mental symphysis.

image    What is the likely cause of increased show of the lower incisors following genioplasty?

Inadequate repair of the mentalis muscle on closure; lower lip drifts downward with healing.

image    What muscle supplies blood to the anterior bony segment following a horizontal genioplasty?

The anterior digastric.

image    What are the zones of the malar region?

Zone I: First third of the zygomatic arch and malar bone.

Zone II: Middle third of the zygomatic arch.

Zone III: Paranasal.

Zone IV: Posterior third of the zygomatic arch.

Zone V: Submalar region.

image    What is the largest zone?

Zone I.

image    Which malar zones are rarely augmented in aesthetic surgery?

Zone III and zone IV.

image    What is the appearance with zone V malar augmentation?

Midface fullness, rounded appearance of the cheeks.

image    What is the management of an anterior platysmal band?

Plication in the midline.

image    What is the most important factor in facial reanimation following trauma?

Length of time between injury and reconstruction; facial muscles are viable for 2 years following paralysis; after 2 years, free muscle transfer is required.

image    What is the appropriate amount of tooth show in repose?

2-mm upper incisor show (may be 4 mm in women). Lower incisors should not show in repose.

image    What is the most commonly injured nerve during rhytidectomy?

Great auricular nerve.

image    What is the MACS lift?

Minimal access cranial suspension. A short scar rhytidectomy technique in which the SMAS is purse-string sutured to the deep temporal fascia above the zygomatic arch using a vertical vector.

Body Contouring

image    When do serum lidocaine concentrations peak postoperatively?

Approximately 12 hours.

image    How do you increase graft survival in autologous fat grafting?

Maximize surface area contact between fat graft and vascularized bed. Minimize the amount of fat injected per pass.

image    What is the safe dose of lidocaine when used in tumescent solution for liposuction?

35 mg/kg.

image    What diagnosis should be considered with disorientation after massive weight loss surgery?

Wernicke–Korsakoff encephalopathy from thiamine deficiency, which can be present from malnutrition of massive weight loss. Treat with intravenous thiamine.

image    What cosmetic procedure is associated with the highest incidence of venous thromboembolic events (VTE)?


image    What is the most common complication of brachioplasty?

Hypertrophic scarring in as many as 40% of patients.

image    Numbness of the anterolateral thigh after abdominoplasty is due to what complication?

Injury to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (becomes superficial 10 cm below the anterior superior iliac spine).

image    What is the course of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve?

Arises from L2–3, passes 1 cm medial to the ASIS, superficial to the sartorius, and branches anteriorly and posteriorly.

image    What does the genitofemoral nerve innervate?

Sensation to skin of scrotum, mons pubis, labia, and over the superior portion of the femoral triangle.

image    What does the iliohypogastric supply?

Sensation to the skin of the lateral buttocks and abdomen above the pubis.

image    What does the ilioinguinal nerve supply?

Sensation to the superomedial thigh and scrotum or mons pubis.

image    The obturator nerve?

Skin of the medial and lower thigh.

image    With tumescence during suction lipectomy, what percentage of total blood loss is to be expected of the total aspirate?


image    The wet technique?

This technique utilizes 300 mL of fluid per region—25% blood in the aspirate.

image    Complications from smoking arise in what percentage of patients undergoing abdominoplasty?


image    In addition to contour irregularities, UAL is likely to cause what complication more frequently than SAL?

Thermal injury.

image    A 1:1 infiltrate to aspirate ratio during liposuction indicates which technique?


image    What defines tumescent technique during liposuction?

2 to 3 cc wetting solution/1 cc of aspirate.

image    What is the wet technique?

Injecting 100 to 300 cc of wetting solution per area regardless of the amount of aspirate removed.

image    What specific technique has been shown to decrease the recurrence rate in thigh lifts?

Superficial fascial system suspension; anchoring skin flap to Colles fascia.

image    What is the most likely cause of death following liposuction?

Thromboembolism; followed by abdominal wall perforation, anesthetic complication, infection.

image    In a patient returning several days after liposuction with clear gray fluid from incisions, erythema, and early sepsis, what is the most appropriate management?

Surgical debridement of involved tissues. Necrotizing fasciitis is a rapidly progressive soft-tissue infection that occurs in 0.4 per 100,000 patients following liposuction.

image    What is the most frequent chronic complication following brachioplasty?

Scar widening.

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