Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2017 Dec 22;5(12):e1607. Epub 2017 Dec 22.
Department of Plastic Surgery, Telemark Hospital, Skien, Norway; ALERT Center & Yekatit 12 Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Eminent Surgery, Kristiansand, Norway; and Department of Plastic Surgery, Odense University Hospital and Vejle/Lillebaelt Hospital, Denmark.
Total loss of the lower lip is debilitating and poses a reconstructive challenge. Aiming to restore oral continence and function and also cosmetic appearance, a successful reconstruction has a huge impact on the quality of life for the individual patient. Early sources of local tissue rearrangement for lip reconstruction date back 3000 years, with earliest reports of lip switch procedures more than 2 centuries ago in Europe, when noma was still endemic in Europe, indicating that the anatomy was better understood by the barber surgeons of the past than we like to acknowledge. Read More