[Facial epitheliomas: general considerations, surgical techniques and indications].Ann Chir Plast Esthet. 1998 Aug; 43(4):311-64.AC
Carcinoma of the face is the skin disease most frequently encountered by plastic surgeons in everyday practice. Although basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are generally easy to recognize, their treatment remains subject to various schools of thought, or even individual practices, which are often difficult to define. This article defines a general plan of management of these tumours; their histological duality corresponds to a therapeutic duality. Resection of a basal cell carcinoma requires safety margins of 3 to 4 mm, versus at least 5 mm for a squamous cell carcinoma. In a high-risk subject, with a sclerodermiform carcinoma or undifferentiated squamous cell carcinoma, this safety margin may be as much as 10 mm or more. Frozen section examination is preferable in these situations. Six anatomical regions are studied selectively to define the main rules of reconstruction: nasal region, orbitopalpebral region, labial region, malar region, frontal region and auricular region. Each region will be subdivided into several subterritories, each requiring different strategies. The objectives, methods and indications of each reconstruction are selectively defined. The final strategy proposed is based not only on the author's personal experience, but also on the results of the national survey on carcinomas. As a complement to these therapeutic guidelines, the authors raise the problem of incomplete resection, which requires the definition of a peripheral infiltration index predictive of the recurrence rate. Surgery obviously cannot constitute exclusive treatment carcinomas, hence the value of presenting other methods currently available in the therapeutic armamentarium. Surveillance is essential in every case, determined by the patient's risk of recurrence or even metastatic dissemination.