Facelift approach for mandibular resection and reconstruction

Bernardo Bianchi, Andrea Ferri, Silvano Ferrari, Chiara Copelli, Enrico Sesenna

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Background. Mandibular resection is the mainstay in the treatment of several pathologies involving the jaw. When benign lesions are approached, a limited exposure and less invasive access considering the cosmetic outcome is desirable to reduce morbidity and increase patient's quality of life after surgery. The facelift approach is widely used for rhytidectomy, parotidectomy, and facial animation procedures, whereas its use for mandibular resection and reconstruction is not described yet. Methods. Six patients underwent mandibular resection and reconstruction with free flaps or bone grafts via the facelift approach were retrospectively evaluated with regard to function and cosmesis. Results. No impairment of occlusion or facial nerve occurred; mouth opening was normal in 4 patient and partially limited in 2. Cosmesis was assessed as excellent by 3 patients and good in 3. Conclusion. The facelift approach is a valid option for resecting and reconstructing benign lesions involving the mandibular ramus, angle, and posterior body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1497-1502
Number of pages6
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Face lift
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Mandibular reconstruction
  • Mandibular resections
  • Mandibular tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Medicine(all)


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