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Alar rotation flap for small defects of the ala.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10848934     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Surgical defects of the alar lobule can be difficult to repair with aesthetically pleasing results. Full-thickness skin grafts are often smoother than the sebaceous skin of the ala. Random patterned flaps from the cheek or proximal nose usually bridge and obliterate the supra-alar crease and may cause nasal valve malfunction. OBJECTIVE: We describe and illustrate a technique to repair subtotal alar lobule defects within the cosmetic unit of the alar lobule. METHODS: Twenty-three consecutive alar lobule rotation flaps for repair of Mohs surgical defects were reviewed by patient examination and interview. RESULTS: Twenty-one of 23 patients were contacted. Patients rated cosmetic results as excellent (18), good (2), or fair (1), and no patients graded their results as poor. Six patients reported "a little" breathing difficulty in the postoperative period that resolved within 6 months. Anesthesia reported by 11 of 21 patients resolved within 5 years in 8 of 9 patients available for follow-up. CONCLUSION: Rotation of the ala combined with cheek advancement is a cosmetically pleasing and functional method to repair deep defects of the ala.
S A Neltner; C A Papa; M L Ramsey; V J Marks
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2000 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-27     Completed Date:  2000-06-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  543-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania 17822, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Mohs Surgery / rehabilitation
Nose Neoplasms / surgery*
Patient Satisfaction
Rhinoplasty / methods*
Surgical Flaps*

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