Anchoring galeal flaps for scalp reduction procedures

Edoardo Raposio, Antonio Cella, Paola Panarese, Rolf E A Nordström, PierLuigi Santi

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This article describes an operative technique, based on the use of three anchoring galeal flaps, aimed at reducing the percentage of 'stretch-back' that occurs after performing scalp reduction procedures. In 12 male patients undergoing a midline scalp reduction procedure, three rectangular (2 X 3 cm) galeal flaps in direct continuity with the longitudinal margin of the left scalp flap were sutured individually to the galeal undersurface of the right scalp flap to draw the two scalp flaps toward the midline of the scalp and to relieve the wound margins of closing tension. Tattoo marks were placed on the patient's scalp at the level of the vertical lines drawn through the external auditory meatuses (A1-A2) and 6 cm more posterior (B1-B2) to measure the movement and stretching of the scalp. The results were compared with those obtained from a control group of 13 male patients who underwent the same surgical procedure but without the use of the anchoring galeal flaps. Mean stretch-back (as measured 4 weeks postoperatively) at level A1-A2 was 8.3 mm in the control group and 1.6 mm in the experimental group. The mean stretch- back at level B1-B2 was 7.7 mm in the control group and 0.9 mm in the experimental group. A statistically significant difference (p <0.005) was found between data from the control and experimental groups regarding the above-reported stretch-back values at both levels. The use of the described galeal flaps allowed us to obtain an 80.93-percent and an 88.09-percent stretch-back reduction at levels A1-A2 and B1-B2, respectively, 1 month postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2454-2458
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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