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November 1990

The Nasolabial Flap as a Single-Stage Procedure

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine and Surgery, Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(11):1445-1448. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670350059007

• The nasolabial flap is a useful reconstructive technique for the repair of defects on the nose. An improved technique used in 32 patients is presented, which allows use of this procedure as a single-stage rather than the more commonly seen two-stage procedure. The alterations include the following: (1) the excision of a Burow's triangle superior edge of the defect toward the inner canthus; (2) the use of a periosteal or suspension suture to minimize tenting across the concave junction of the nose and cheek; (3) wide undermining of the skin surrounding the defect to create a stabilizing platelike scar; (4) significant thinning of the donor flap; and (5) adjust the size of the flap to recreate the original preincisional skin tension on the flap after suturing. None of the 32 patients presented required a second-stage procedure to correct trapdoor defects or to recreate natural folds or creases.

(Arch Dermatol. 1990;126:1445-1448)