Two-stage interpolated nasolabial island flap and conchal cartilage graft

Tom Reisler, Mark Granick

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A variety of techniques have been reported for ala reconstruction. In defects involving more than 50 % of a subunit, Burget and Menick recommend excising the remainder of the skin envelope subunit and replacing its entire unit. This provides the optimal a esthetic result. In our case, to reconstruct a subtotal nasal ala defect with intact lining, we choose a two-stage interpolated nasolabial island flap and conchal cartilage graft. The advantages of using such flap are the local proximity of the skin and hence the similarity in skin color, texture, and thickness; and the inconspicuous donor scar in the depth of the nasolabial fold. A two-stage interpolating flap achieves a superior aesthetic alar subunit reconstruction by bridging the flap over and preserving the alar facial sulcus. Conchal cartilage graft, which is curved, resembles the natural curve of the alar and is ideal for preserving contour and structural integrity to alar defect. The underlying graft provides both aesthetic reconstruction and external nasal valve competence, resisting the forces of scar construction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOperative Dictations in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783319406312
ISBN (Print)9783319406299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


  • Ear cartilage graft
  • Island flap
  • Nasal alar
  • Nasal skin cancer
  • Nasal subunits
  • Nasolabial flap

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