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Modified Blair Incision

This is the most common incision used for parotidectomy. It is extended below the ear lobe and into a crease in the neck below the jaw line.

Advantages: It gives adequate exposure to the parotid gland and provides adequate exposure to the neck should extension of operation into a neck dissection be necessary. This incision type heals well for most people and provides adequate cosmetic appearance.

Disadvantages: The neck portion of the incision can result in a readily visible scar, and it is this fact that has prompted the most motivation for modifications of this incision.