Neck dissection through a facelift incision

Thuy Anh N. Melvin, Steven J. Eliades, Patrick K. Ha, Carole Fakhry, John M. Saunders, Joseph A. Califano, Ray G.F. Blanco

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Objectives/Hypothesis: To determine the feasibility and safety of neck dissection through a facelift incision. Study Design: Prospective case series. Methods: Cadavers and live subjects underwent neck dissection using a facelift incision with and without endoscopic assistance. In the live facelift neck dissection (FLND), the preoperative surgical indications, staging, adjuvant therapy, intraoperative technical procedure, pathology reports on lymph nodes, and short-term outcomes were reviewed. Results: FLND was successfully performed in four cadavers and four live subjects, including selective (less than five neck levels removed) and comprehensive (levels I-V removed) neck dissections. All levels were accessible through this approach, with additional retraction required for levels I and IV. Endoscopic assistance was required in one neck dissection for adequate visualization. Short-term complications and number of excised lymph nodes were comparable to those from traditional neck dissection approaches. Conclusions: Open neck dissection through a facelift incision is feasible and offers an alternate approach to traditional incisions. This can be performed without requiring robotic assistance and with endoscopic assistance only in certain cases. Endoscopic assistance can offer enhanced visualization of the surgical field and complement open direct approaches in neck dissection. Although FLND offers improved cosmetic outcomes when compared to those of traditional neck incisions, further study is required to determine its efficacy and indications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2700-2706
Number of pages7
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Facelift
  • approach
  • comprehensive
  • cosmetic
  • minimally invasive
  • modified
  • neck dissection
  • radical
  • rhytidectomy
  • selective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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