Reconstruction of gunshot-inflicted composite lower face defects is a challenge for plastic surgeons. Functional and aesthetic repair of such defects mostly requires free or pedicled flap applications or combinations of both.
In this study, the authors evaluated 7 males with gunshot-inflicted composite mandibular defects. All patients underwent reconstruction with a free osteoseptocutaneous fibula flap (FOCF) for the composite mandibular defect and a pre or nonexpanded temporal artery-based scalp flap for beardless facial skin. All patients were evaluated aesthetically and functionally with a postoperative evaluation scale. Average patient follow-up time was 3.5 years.
All FOCFs survived completely. Expander exposition was observed in 2 preexpanded temporal scalp flaps. The problem was solved by rapid expansion and early flap application. All patients had acceptable functional and aesthetic results.
In conclusion, the scalp flap should be considered in male beardless skin reconstruction due to its ease of application, reliability, and proximity to the defect. Preexpansion of this flap can decrease donor area morbidities. Moreover, the FOCF and scalp flap combination is a convenient procedure for gunshot-inflicted lower face defects, and such procedures produce good aesthetic and functional long-term outcomes.