Parotidectomy incisions

Nigar Ahmedli, David Myssiorek

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The surgical approach to a parotidectomy was first described by Blair in 1912 for the resection of all parotid tumors. It has since evolved and changed into numerous permutations. The modern-day approach considers the size, location, and sometimes anticipated pathology of the parotid tumor in addition to the need for a possible neck dissection. As the concern for cosmesis increases in today's society, the well-known modified Blair incision has been revised to limit the cutaneous scar while preserving access and oncologic principles. The evolution of the parotidectomy incision from its first description to the various changes that have recently occurred are presented. These modifications occurred to take into account aesthetic concerns. The techniques are outlined as a surgical guide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-138
Number of pages4
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • Facelift incision
  • Incision
  • Microparotidectomy incision
  • Parotidectomy
  • Surgical approach
  • U-incision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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