Lip Reconstruction After Mohs Micrographic Surgery: A Guide on Flaps

Brinda Chellappan, Grace Obanigba, Paige Hoyer, Lindy Ross

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The lips are commonly affected by skin cancer because of increased sun exposure over time. Even with early detection, many of these skin cancers require surgical removal with subsequent reconstruction. Mohs micrographic surgery is the preferred method of treatment for nonmelanoma skin cancers of the lip, as it has the lowest recurrence rates and allows for the maximum preservation of healthy tissue. After surgery, the remaining lip defect often requires reconstruction with skin grafts or a local cutaneous or myocutaneous flap. There are several local flap reconstruction options available, and some may be used in combination for more complex defects. We provide a succinct review of commonly utilized flaps and outline their indications, risks, and benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-209
Number of pages5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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