Arch Craniofac Surg.  2017 Dec;18(4):230-237. 10.7181/acfs.2017.18.4.230.

Reduction of Closed Frontal Sinus Fractures through Suprabrow Approach

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. growhand@hanmail.net

Abstract

BACKGROUND
The traditional approach for reduction of frontal sinus fractures is coronal incision. Inherent complications of the coronal approach include long scar, hair loss, and long operation time. We describe a simple approach for the reduction of frontal sinus anterior wall fractures using a suprabrow incision that is commonly used for brow lift.
METHODS
From March 2007 to October 2016, the authors identified patients with anterior wall frontal sinus fractures treated by open reduction through a suprabrow incision. Only cases with photographic/radiographic documentation and a minimum follow-up of 6 months were included. The incision line was designed to be at the upper margin of the eyebrow. Medical records and radiographic data were retrospectively reviewed. Surgical outcomes, cosmetic results, and complication were assessed. The patient scale of the patient and observer scar assessment scale was used to assess patient satisfaction for incisional scar at the 6-month follow-up.
RESULTS
Thirty-one patients underwent fracture reduction through a suprabrow approach during the study period, with a mean follow-up of 41 months. No patients showed any recurrent displacement, eyebrow asymmetry, or infection during follow-up. Thirteen patients reported their forehead paresthesia postoperatively, and 12 of them had preoperative symptom. One patient complained of incisional scar and underwent scar revision. All patients were satisfied with their eyebrow and forehead contour.
CONCLUSION
The suprabrow approach allowed for an accurate reduction of the fractures in the anterior wall frontal sinus by providing direct visualization of the fracture. This transcutaneous approach can effectively restore forehead contour with acceptable postoperative complications and patient satisfaction.

Keyword

Frontal sinus; Eyebrows; Forehead; Skull fractures; Minimally invasive surgical procedures

MeSH Terms

Cicatrix
Eyebrows
Follow-Up Studies
Forehead
Frontal Sinus*
Hair
Humans
Medical Records
Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
Paresthesia
Patient Satisfaction
Postoperative Complications
Retrospective Studies
Skull Fractures
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