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J Craniofac Surg. 2011 May;22(3):864-7. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31820f7fde.

Use of outsized composite chondrocutaneous grafts in conjunction with dermal turnover flaps for reconstruction of full-thickness alar defects.

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Bağcılar Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey.


Chondrocutaneous (ChC) grafts have been used for nasal alar reconstruction for years. One of the consequences for using these grafts is the restriction in dimensions. In this study, we presented our results in which ChC grafts bigger than 20 mm in length have been used in conjunction with a dermal turnover flap for full-thickness alar subunit defects. Technical details and results of 8 alar subunits reconstructions in 8 patients were evaluated. Follow-up period ranged from 10 to 27 months, with a mean of 18.3 months. We achieved satisfactory results without partial or total graft failure. Finally, surgeons can safely use outsized ChC composite grafts with this type of design, for successful alar subunit reconstruction.

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