The aim of this retrospective case series was to discuss indications, surgical outcomes, and donor site morbidity in the use of superficial temporal artery perforator (STAP) flaps in intra-oral or extra-oral facial reconstruction. This study involved 9 patients treated with a STAP flap at the Maxillo-Facial Surgery Unit of the University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Naples. A STAP flap was used alone or in combination with other local flaps, for the coverage of facial soft tissue defects, after the resection of craniofacial malignant tumors (n = 7) or as a salvage flap, in partial or total microvascular flap loss (n = 2). The STAP flap was proven to be a valuable surgical option despite it not being frequently used in facial soft tissue reconstruction nor was it chosen as the first surgical option in patients under 70 year's old. Donor site morbidity is one of the major reasons why this flap is uncommon. Appropriate patient selection, surgical plan, and post-surgical touch-ups should be performed in order to reduce donor site scar morbidity.
Superficial temporal artery perforator flap: Indications, surgical outcomes, and donor site morbidity / Rauso, R.; Nicoletti, G. F.; Sesenna, E.; Lo Faro, C.; Chirico, F.; Fragola, R.; Lo Giudice, G.; Tartaro, G.. - In: DENTISTRY JOURNAL. - ISSN 2304-6767. - 8:4(2020), p. 117.117. [10.3390/dj8040117]
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