Satisfactory reconstruction of the cheek involving the oral commissure is always challenging. A 64-year-old male patient underwent full-thickness repair of a cheek defect involving the oral commissure following excision of squamous cell carcinoma. Reconstruction was performed with a cheek skin flap combined with split masseter muscle transposition. This method was found to be useful for reconstructing the oral commissure with good functional and aesthetic results. (C) 2001 European Association for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery.