Back to basics: Reconstruction of defects on the lower half of the nose

Isaac Zilinsky, Nimrod Farber*, Josef Haik, Oren Weissman, Hadar Israeli, Eyal Winkler

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Background: Surgical reconstruction of defects on the lower half of the nose mandates special considerations. Simple excision and suturing might cause a depressed scar and nostril flaring. Hence, the preoperative plan should be designed properly to avoid disfigurement and to achieve a successful reconstruction. Objective: Three basic reconstructive concepts are essentially combined: 1.) The ratio between scar length and defect diameter should be extended beyond the standard 3:1 ratio; 2.) The defect should be positioned asymmetrically within the inferior half of the excision outline; and 3.) Para-median defects mandate an inferior, horizontal advancement ("sliding") flap to avoid nostril flaring. A salvage technique is also discussed. Methods: Data from patients treated by Mohs micrographic surgery for tumors of the inferior aspect of the nasal dorsum and reconstructed according to the proposed course of action was collected and reviewed. Results: The proposed reconstructive path proved successful for all patients. Although one case required salvage skin grafting, all patients had aesthetically pleasing results. No postoperative complications were noted. Conclusions: Simple excision and primary suturing is a viable method for treating lesions on the lower half of the nose, provided that the surgeon follows a set of basic reconstructive principles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-228
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2012


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