The hatchet and bilobed flaps revisited: Shedding new light on traditional concepts

Isaac Zilinsky, Nimrod Farber*, Josef Haik, Oren Weissman, Tal Friedman, Eyal Winkler

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Background: The bilobed and hatchet flaps are well-accepted reconstructive options for the correction of defects of the lower third of the nose. Optimal utilization of these flaps depends on understanding the characteristics of each flap as well as anatomic considerations related to the distal nasal area. Disregarding the limitations of either method may lead to flap failure and unacceptable aesthetic results. Objective: We present three original ideas: 1) a bilobed flap may be considered as a hatchet flap with a Z-plasty; 2) the trap door deformity (TDD) associated with a bilobed flap can be used as an advantage; and 3) an easy method for preoperative planning of a bilobed flap. Methods: We collected data from patients who underwent excision of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the distal third of the nose and reconstruction with a hatchet or a bilobed flap within the last 20 years. Results: Favorable cosmetic results were achieved when a hatchet flap was used to reconstruct defects of the inferior third of the nasal side wall, above or bordered with the alar crease, and when a bilobed flap was used to reconstruct nasal tip para-medial defects above the lower lateral cartilage convexity. Conclusions: We suggest choosing between the hatchet and bilobed flaps for nasal reconstruction according to the defect location as outlined by our findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


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