An alternative method for fixation of soft tissue in the face, such as the medial and lateral canthus and free flaps, and for reconstruction of the nasolabial fold is presented, using the micro Mitek Anchor. The insertion of a bone anchor requires only a limited dissection, and the point of insertion can be determined accurately. These advantages are obvious when performing a canthoplasty. Using the bone anchor to fixate a free flap to the facial skeleton is an effective way to prevent sagging of the flap as a result of gravitational forces. In contrast, the use of bone anchors in facial neurofibromatosis has not been as rewarding.

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Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Mathijssen, I., Roche, N., & Vaandrager, M. (2005). Soft tissue fixation in the face with the use of a micro Mitek Anchor. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 16(1), 117–119. doi:10.1097/00001665-200501000-00022