Submental and Anterior Neck Originated Full-Thickness Skin Grafts for Periocular Procedures
Ben Artsi, Elad; Ullrich, Katja; Malhotra, RamanRead More
The submental and neck regions share cutaneous features with the face and are suitable donor sites for facial full-thickness skin grafts (FTSGs). Age-related laxity and skin redundancy in the cervicomental region may be an additional motivator to use its skin. We aim to describe, raise awareness, and remind surgeons of the utilization of submental and anterior neck as sources of FTSG for the periocular region, particularly when traditional donor sites are unavailable.
Retrospective case series of 5 patients who underwent periocular FTSG from anterior neck and submental regions between January 2017 and January 2019. All patients had contraindications to the usually preferred graft donor sites. Main outcome measures were surgical functional results and cosmesis.
Five patients (all female) received FTSGs using anterior neck and submental regions as donor sites. Two patients required skin grafts due to eyelid retraction and anterior lamella shortening; one due to previous multiple basal cell carcinoma excisions with FTSG reconstructions and the other due to chronic Bell’s palsy. Three patients required skin grafts for Hughes flap reconstruction after excision of lower eyelid basal cell carcinoma. In all patients, conventional skin donor sites were unavailable or unsuitable due to previous skin grafting, actinic changes, postauricular situated hearing aids or patient’s preference. All patients achieved good cosmesis and functional results. None of the patients experienced donor site morbidities.
Submental and anterior neck regions are useful FTSG donor sites for periocular procedures, particularly in elderly female patients with submental fullness and neck skin redundancy.