For some operations, it is necessary to perform skin flap reconstruction after a surgical resection to achieve coverage of the excised area, a better cosmetic result, and/or to restore functionality.
For the free flap technique, the skin tissue is transferred from one part of the body to another. The tissue's blood supply is divided and reestablished in the reconstructed area, using microsurgical techniques.
For the rotation flap technique, skin tissue, often with attached muscle, is dissected free while preserving the main blood supply. The flap may then be rotated from its original position to cover the defect. In these cases, the flap/tissue can only be used at a limited distance from the donor site.
- Closure of wounds after wide resection of skin.
Cover difficult defects
- Restore functionality
- Obtain the best possible cosmetic result