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Modified temporal incision for facial rhytidectomy: an 18-year experience


, : Modified temporal incision for facial rhytidectomy: an 18-year experience. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 115(2): 609-16; Discussion 617-9

An 18-year experience with the senior author's temporal incision is expounded. First, the existing sideburn is outlined with a marking pen. A sideburn is designed approximately 2 cm wide and 2 cm long, regardless of the extent of the existing sideburn providing the minimum sideburn. The posterocaudal portions of the newly designed sideburn will correspond to that of the existing dense portion of the sideburn. After dissection and removal of excess skin, the entire vertical portion of the scar will remain within the hair-bearing skin, eliminating the potential for visibility unless preoperatively the sideburn is less that 2 cm wide. There are several advantages to this approach. First, the configuration of the sideburn remains essentially unaltered. Second, the length of distribution for the redundant redraped facial skin is increased in comparison with most other incisions, thus avoiding a dog-ear regardless of the extent of the excess facial skin. Rhytidectomy is more effective because the distance from the incision to the nasolabial crease and the oral commissure is reduced, thereby effectively transmitting the traction forces to these sites compared with the conventional temporal incision that is placed above the ear. In addition, exposure of the surgical field is significantly enhanced by the added ability to rotate the skin flap medially. The potential disadvantage is that the operative time is increased to accommodate meticulous repair of the temporal incision. A slight modification of this incision has been implemented over the past 18 years, placing the anterior vertical incision farther posterior compared with the original report. The horizontal and posterior vertical portions of the incision are positioned at the hairline, resulting in an inconspicuous scar. None of the 125 patients in this latter group required a scar revision compared with 37 (4.28 percent) of 865 patients before this modification. This technique effectively achieves the goal of facial rhytidectomy and maintains a natural appearance without discernible scars for most patients. Patient and surgeon satisfaction with this method has been very high, and consequently, it has been used for almost all patients in the senior author's (Guyuron's) practice.

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