A Novel Approach to Soft-Tissue Repair: Reoverexpanded Flaps

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Abstract

Postburn sequelae or excisional defect reconstruction after significant burn injury or resection of giant hairy nevus continues to be a significant challenge for the reconstructive surgeon. Unfortunately, the quality and quantity of available tissue for the repair of extensive defects is often limited. The techniques of tissue expansion have been used for many years to expand normal skin adjacent to the defect for the reconstruction of even wider defects in various parts of the body with its numerous advantages.

Nine patients in whom reoverexpanded neighboring skin flaps were used to improve the capacity of wider soft-tissue defect coverage for postburn scar revision or excisional defect of giant hairy nevus in the various parts of the body is reported here.

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