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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1983 Jan;71(1):40-4.

Reconstruction of the nasal tip using nasalis myocutaneous sliding flaps.


An alar island subcutaneous sliding flap is described which, when analyzed, is actually myocutaneous, based on the lower portions of the nasalis muscle. In a series of 47 patients, tip defects 1.25 cm in diameter were reconstructed with a unilateral flap, and defects 2.0 cm in diameter were reconstructed with a bilateral flap. The advantage of the flap lies in aesthetics, which are so important in tip surgery. Not only are the incisions at or parallel with the edges of the lateral crus of the lower lateral cartilage, but also chronic edema and "dog-ears" so common after rotation pedicle flaps are avoided.

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