Facial Reconstruction Course


September 21-22 2023

Max Participants



Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Max participants has been reached

Requests for placement on a waiting list can be send to reconstructionmasterclass@gmail.com

Course Introduction

Because the incidence of skin cancer is increasing worldwide, and head and neck surgeons keep pushing the boundaries of oncologic surgery, reconstructive surgeons are increasingly faced with complex facial defects. During this intensive two-day course, experts from the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery will review all aspects of aesthetic facial reconstruction and share their treatment algorithms and surgical secrets. The practical sessions will be performed on fresh frozen cadavers with two participants per specimenThe course will cover the essential reconstructive options for the eyelids, cheek, perioral region, nose, and for the paralyzed face.

Impression of previous courses

The program

The facial reconstruction course is a two-day course. Please take a look at the schedule

09:00 Welcome
09:05 Principles of eyelid reconstruction
09:35 Skills lab: the bipedicled Tripier flap for lower eyelid defects
10:50 Skills lab: the lid-switch flap for upper eyelid defects
10:30 Skills lab: the Tenzel flap for lower or upper eyelid defects
11:00 Skills lab: the Cutler-Beard flap for upper eyelid defects
11:30 Skills lab: the Hughes flap for lower eyelid defects
12:00 Skills lab: the lateral orbicular oculi propellor (LOOP) flap for complete eyelid defects
13:15 Principles of nasal reconstruction
13:45 Skills lab: the bilobed flap or the Rintala flap for (supra)tip defects
14:45 Skills lab: the nasolabial flap for alar defects
15:30 Skills lab: the paramedian forehead flap for complex nasal defects
16:00 Skills lab: the free helical rim flap
16:20 Skills lab: the temporoparietal fascia flap for complete eyelid reconstruction



Complex facial reconstruction



08:30 Welcome
08:05 Principles of peri oral reconstruction
09:05 Skills lab: the Abbé lip-switch flap for central defects of the upper lip
09:35 Skills lab: the Karapandzic flap for central defects of the lower lip
10:05 Skills lab: the Facial Artery Perforator (‘FAP’) flap for subtotal lip defects
10:50 Principles of cheek reconstruction
11:20 Skills lab: the Schrudde cheek advancement-rotation flap and cervicofacial flap
12:00 Skills lab: the transverse platysma flap
12:20 Skills lab: the Antia-Buch flap for helical rim ear defects
13:30 Principles of static reconstruction in facial nerve palsy
14:00 Skills lab: direct brow lift
14:30 Skills lab: tarsal strip lateral canthopexy
15:30 Skills lab: static suspension of the corner of the mouth
16:00 Skills lab: depressor labii inferioris myectomy
16:30 Closing remarks and certificate
16:45 DRINKS


I am committed to improving the quality of life of cancer patients by performing oncological reconstructive surgery that is often challenging, highly complex and innovative.

Prof. Marc Mureau

Plastic Surgeon Erasmus MC Rotterdam


The Reconstruction Masterclass provides reconstructive surgery training of the highest quality for both residents and consultants. You won’t be disappointed!

Dr. Robert Dijkman

Plastic Surgeon

Haga Hospital The Hague, The Netherlands


Please check for the FAIR-TRAED reduced registration rate

*Tickets are non refundable, exchange tickets to participants on the waiting list is possible.

Regular Consultant/Fellow/Resident



send an email to reconstructionmasterclass@gmail.com for placement on a waiting list


Rotterdam, city on the Maas, is considered the most modern city of the Netherlands. Atypical in its own country, internationally renowned for its passion for innovation and its unpolished charms. Whether it is its ever-changing skyline full of audacious architecture, its port that is regarded as the smartest in the world, or the “can do” mentality of its residents. Rotterdam is a town with a pronounced character, energetic and always dynamic. Esser Masterclass and Rotterdam Partners make it possible for their participants to experience the city of Rotterdam at it’s full most.

Rotterdam Information
SkillsLab Erasmus MC Room
Ee-120 Wytemaweg 80
3015 CN Rotterdam,
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 6 11 36 38 52


Esser Masterclass introduced a new education principle: FAIR-TRAED (Fair Transparent Education). FAIR-TRAED means that the registration fees are directly invested in the Esser Masterclass educational materials to advance hand surgery trainings. The organisation and the faculty have a passion for hand surgery and support FAIR-TRAED which means that they do not receive any financial compensation. This enables Esser Masterclass to keep the registration fees at a minimum. Our mission is making high-quality handsurgery education accessible for every handsurgeon around the globe and our motto is training form handsurgeons to handsurgeons.

Special Thanks to

Ella Nitters MSc, MA

“As a medical illustrator I am proud to be part of the Reconstruction Masterclass. It’s my passion to draw the human anatomy and within Reconstruction Masterclass I get the opportunity to explore this with devoted reconstructive surgeons.”