Closure of the nasal skin defects that resulted from excision of the skin neoplasms represents a challenging problem in reconstructive surgery. Here, the use of the reading man procedure as a new alternative in reconstruction of the skin defects of the nose is presented.
Materials and Methods
In this procedure, 2 local flaps designed in an unequal Z-plasty manner are used. Defect coverage is achieved by transposing the first flap to the defect area, whereas the second flap is used for closure of the first flap's donor site. In last 10 years, this technique has been used for closure of the nasal skin defects that resulted from removal of skin cancers in 28 patients (15 men and 13 women) aged from 45 to 98 years. The defects were ranging between 1.5 and 3.1 cm in diameter.
In all patients, a tension-free 1-stage closure was obtained. There was no patient with dog ear formation and/or distortion of the mobile anatomical structures, such as nasal tip, alar lobules, and nostrils. All patients healed without complications. A mean follow-up of 52 months (8 months to 6.5 years) revealed satisfactory cosmetic results in all patients. No tumor recurrence was observed.
Using the advantage of extra tissue relaxation provided by an unequal Z-plasty, the reading man procedure seems to be a useful alternative for the closure of nasal defects with alike local skin. As a critical achievement, this procedure does not require excision of additional healthy tissue. Borrowing tissue from multiple directions, it avoids dog ear formation and distortion of the mobile anatomic structures.