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Nasal Reconstruction

Menick, Frederick J. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: April 2010 - Volume 125 - Issue 4 - p 138e-150e
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181d0ae2b
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Learning Objectives: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Understand nasal wound healing and develop an organized approach to defect analysis. 2. Understand a regional unit approach to nasal repair. 3. Understand the appropriate use and advantages and disadvantages of the two- and three-stage vertical paramedian forehead flap. 4. Appreciate the uses and design of nasal support grafts. 5. Differentiate old and new lining methods and their advantages and disadvantages and develop an approach to the revision of a nasal reconstruction.

Summary: The face tells the world who we are and materially influences what we can become. The nose is a primary feature. Thin, supple cover and lining are shaped by a middle layer of bone and cartilage support to create its characteristic skin quality, border outline, and three-dimensional contour. The delicacy of its tissues, its central projecting location, and the need to reestablish both a normal appearance and functional breathing make its reconstruction difficult. Nasal repair requires careful analysis of the anatomical and aesthetic deficiencies. Because the wound does not accurately reflect the tissue deficiency, the repair is determined by the “normal.” A preliminary operation may be required to ensure clear margins, recreate the defect, reestablish a stable nasal platform on which to build the nose, and prepare tissues for transfer. Major nasal defects require resurfacing with forehead tissue; support with septal, ear, or rib grafts; and replacement of missing lining. This requires a staged approach.


Tucson, Ariz.

From St. Joseph's Hospital and the University of Arizona.

Received for publication May 6, 2009; accepted July 10, 2009.

Disclosure:The author has no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

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Frederick J. Menick, M.D., 1102 North El Dorado Place, Tucson, Ariz. 85715,

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