Special Issue

Topic: Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine in Head and Neck Reconstruction

A Special Issue of Plastic and Aesthetic Research

ISSN 2349-6150 (Online)   2347-9264 (Print)

Submission deadline: 13 Sep 2024

Guest Editor(s)

Prof. Mark K. Wax
Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA.
Prof. Eric Genden
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.

Special Issue Introduction

Tissue engineering is revolutionizing the reconstruction of complex head and neck defects to facilitate critical functions such as breathing, eating, and speaking. Advances in this field, especially using stem cells, enable the development of biocompatible, tailor-made tissues that integrate seamlessly with existing structures, enhancing both aesthetic and functional outcomes and thus significantly improving patients' quality of life.


Key areas benefiting from tissue engineering include the bony skeleton, tracheal airway, and nerve reconstruction. Techniques involve creating scaffolds mimicking natural environments, seeded with stem cells to regenerate bone, nerve, and soft tissues. This approach supports jaw and facial bone reconstruction, improving aesthetics, mastication, and speech while minimizing the need for invasive procedures involving other body sites.


Tracheal airway reconstruction has seen significant advancements through the use of biocompatible scaffolds, patient-derived cells, and growth factors. These methods create functional tracheal structures that integrate with patient tissues, reducing rejection risks and enhancing surgical outcomes.


In nerve reconstruction, bioengineered nerve grafts using supportive scaffolds and growth factors facilitate nerve regrowth across injury sites. This restores function more effectively than traditional autografts while minimizing donor site morbidity.


Overall, scaffold-based engineering, cell-seeding techniques, growth factor delivery, and 3D bioprinting are pivotal in managing complex head and neck defects, continuously improving both functional restoration and aesthetic outcomes.

Submission Deadline

13 Sep 2024

Submission Information

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Submission Deadline: 13 Sep 2024
Contacts: Thea Wang, Assistant Editor, Thea@parjournal.net

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ISSN 2349-6150 (Online)   2347-9264 (Print)


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