Nasal Reconstruction: A Simplified Approach Based on 419 Operated Cases

P. Konofaos, S. Alvarez, J. E. McKinnie, R. D. Wallace

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Background: The purpose of this review is to examine a single surgeon’s 10-year experience with nose defects and offer a simplified approach for nasal reconstruction to close most nasal defects following Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS).

Patients and Methods: A retrospective chart review was performed on patients undergoing repair of MMS defects of the nose over a 10-year period. Data collected included patients’ age and sex, anatomic location of the defect, type of reconstruction, and number of operations required.

Results: A total of 419 patients were included in this study. The most common location for nasal reconstruction was the nasal dorsum and sidewalls (66.35 %). Complications mainly related to reconstruction of defects of the tip ± ala (n = 31), followed by the ala (n = 15) and the dorsum and sidewalls (n = 13). Bulkiness of the flap used (n = 32) and hypertrophic scar (n = 13) were the most common complications. The bilobed flap was the most commonly used flap (n = 145), followed by nasolabial flap (n = 69), FTSGs (n = 63), forehead flap (n = 62), and dorsal glabellar flap (n = 44).

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Conclusions: In this article, a simplified approach for nasal defects reconstruction is presented, which is based on commonly performed local flaps and skin grafting. This algorithm can be useful for the novice plastic surgeons in planning a reconstructive strategy that will be efficient, easy to perform, and produces an acceptable esthetic and functional outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-99
Number of pages9
JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Algorithm
  • Bilobed flap
  • Dorsal glabellar flap
  • Forehead flap
  • Full-thickness skin graft
  • Nasal reconstruction
  • Nasolabial flap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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