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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2018;61(12):732-739.
Published online December 19, 2018.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2018.61.12.732   
Aesthetic treatment of frontal sinus fractures and their complications
Kwang Seog Kim, Jae Ha Hwang
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. pskim@chonnam.ac.kr
The frontal sinus is a functionally important structure. It serves as a cushioning buffer to protect the brain in cases of facial trauma. Fractures of the frontal sinus can lead to aesthetic problems by causing a visible depression in the center of the forehead. The goals of frontal sinus fracture treatment have been to protect intracranial structures and to prevent early and late complications, even with invasive methods. Recently, however, the goals have shifted to preservation of nasofrontal outflow tract function through close observation and the utilization of endoscopic procedures. Excellent cosmetic results can be achieved through minimally invasive surgery. This shift in goals took place due to the ease of diagnosis and treatment of early and late complications. Therefore, patients with a frontal sinus fracture should be followed up continuously to ensure that complications are detected promptly. Herein, the authors describe the methods and current trends of frontal sinus fracture treatment.
Key Words: Frontal sinus, Fractures, Complications, Aesthetic, Therapy


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