Rotation Flaps-Principles and Locations

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Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]


BACKGROUND: The rotation flap is a classic method of tissue rearrangement. It is a simple yet effective tool for recruiting tissue from areas of laxity and redirecting vectors of tension to reconstruct wounds not amenable to primary closure.

OBJECTIVE: This article presents the basic design principles and specific applications of the rotation flap in dermatologic surgery.

METHODS: A Medline search of articles describing rotation flaps published prior to April 1, 2015 was performed, and several prominent texts in dermatologic surgery were reviewed.

RESULTS: Information gathered from the above sources is combined with the clinical experience of the author and editors to present surgeons with a guide for planning and executing various rotation flaps.

CONCLUSIONS: Mastering the technique of the rotation flap will allow a surgeon to repair a wide variety of cutaneous defects.

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Dermatologic Surgical Procedures; Evidence-Based Medicine; Facial Neoplasms; Head and Neck Neoplasms; Humans; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Rotation; Skin Neoplasms; Surgical Flaps; Treatment Outcome

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41 Suppl 10

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