Head and Neck Reconstruction

Shannon Wong, Alyson Melin, Debra Reilly

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Management of head and neck burns involves acute and intermediate phases. Acutely, the goals are establish a secure airway and treat life-threatening injuries. Then, optimize nutrition, assess extent of the burn, perform local wound care, and provide eye protection. Management depends on the degree of the head and neck burn. Postinjury splinting and rehabilitation are vital to healing. After the acute inflammation has resolved and the scars have matured, reconstruction begins with the goals of restoring both function and aesthetics. Reconstruction ranges from simple scar release, to skin grafting, and possibly free flap reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-856
Number of pages12
JournalClinics in Plastic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • Burn
  • Face
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Reconstruction
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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