A Facelift Procedure for Resection of Benign Parapharyngeal Tumors

Nobuo Ohta, Kentaro Matsuura, Hiroshi Osafune, Takahiro Suzuki, Naoya Noguchi, Ryoto Hirabayashi, Shiori Kitaya, Yusuke Kusano, Yutaro Saito, Rei Kawata, Ryoukichi Ikeda, Yusuke Ishida, Hiroki Shimada, Keigo Murakami, Kazuhiro Murakami, Yasuhiro Nakamura, Kota Wada

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Objective: The feasibility, surgical outcomes and possible risks and complications encountered during a facelift procedure for patients with parapharyngeal space (PPS) tumor were analyzed. Method: This retrospective analysis examined 10 patients who underwent surgery for PPS tumor using a facelift incision at our institutes between April 2015 and August 2019. Results: This study included four retro-styloid (benign nerve sheath tumor) and six pre-styloid tumors (pleomorphic adenoma). Mean tumor dimensions were 4.1 x 4.2 x 3.8 cm respectively. None of the patients needed conversion to conventional open resection. Transient sensory changes in the auricle occurred in 30% of the patients; however, all recovered within four months. In all the patients, postoperative scars were fully concealed by the auricle and hair. No recurrences were detected during a mean follow-up period of 16.6 months. C onclusion: The facelift procedure provides adequate visualization, workspace and excellent cosmetic results in properly selected cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngologia Polska
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Facelift procedure
  • Parapharyngeal tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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