AlloDerm for Dorsal Nasal Irregularities : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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AlloDerm for Dorsal Nasal Irregularities

Jackson, I.T. M.D.; Yavuzer, R. M.D.

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 107(2):p 553-558, February 2001.


After nasal surgery, thinning of the nasal skin, bony irregularities, or adhesions of dorsal skin to underlying bone can all occur. These problems can be solved by using either alloplastic materials or various autogenous tissues. In this study, AlloDerm, a dermal replacement derived from cadaveric skin, has been used to cover the osseocartilaginous framework of the nose in an attempt to achieve a smooth contour and a natural feel in secondary rhinoplasties. Fifteen patients were treated and observed for a minimum of 24 months. Clinically palpable or visible bony irregularities were successfully covered, and adhesions of dorsal skin to nasal bones were diminished. Prolonged but not socially unacceptable dorsal nasal swelling, which resolved during the first 4 months, seemed to be the only problem related to its use. With this limited experience, AlloDerm was found to be useful in secondary nasal surgery to cover osseocartilaginous irregularities, to eliminate the adhesions between nasal bones and overlying skin, and to create a smooth nasal dorsum. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 107: 553, 2001.)

©2001American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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