Research Article| Volume 59, ISSUE 4, P340-343, April 1985

Facial defect augmentation with a dermal-fat graft

  • Kenneth K. Kempf
    Reprint requests to: Dr. Kenneth K. Kempf Department of Hospital Dentistry Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA 52242
    Department of Hospital Dentistry, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Iowa City, Iowa, USA
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  • Alan E. Seyfer
    Plastic Surgery Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Washington, D.C., USA
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      The augmentation of facial soft-tissue defects can pose a difficult problem for the surgeon. Bone tends to resorb, giving unpredictable results, and alloplastic materials are firm to the touch and can migrate in the tissues. The dermal-fat graft provides a soft, natural-appearing augmentation. In the case reported here a 2-year follow-up shows excellent results obtained with the use of a dermal-fat graft to augment a soft-tissue defect over the mandible.
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