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Cheek Reconstruction Procedures

History of the Procedure

Formalized knowledge of facial reconstruction has been present since the last millennium. The Byzantine physician Oribasius first described procedures for facial reconstruction in the fourth century. The Synagogae Medicae, a 70-volume medical encyclopedia written by Oribasius, describes the principles of basic advancement flaps for brow, nasal, and auricular defects. Interestingly, this ancient writing addresses the importance of flap thickness in relation to its viability and closure without tension in wound healing.

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