The use of folded melolabial interpolation flaps to repair full thickness distal nasal defects: A review of technique and results

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Eamonn Maher, Scott Walen, Ian Maher

Abstract


The nose is a common site for skin cancer and there are several surgical options available for reconstruction after excision. Traditional surgical teaching suggests that in the case of a partial full thickness defect involving the distal nose or ala, a paramedian forehead flap (PMFF) or an intranasal lining flap with free cartilage graft and additional cutaneous flap should be performed. However, each of these options comes with unique disadvantages. The incision and pedicle required for the PMFF can be unsightly and functionally limiting, while the intranasal lining flap is technically challenging and can obstruct the nostril. Herein, we review our experience with a two-stage folded-over melolabial interpolation flap (MLIF) to repair partial full thickness defects of the distal nose and ala in order to recreate the cutaneous covering, nasal rim, and inner mucosal lining.


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MLIF; melolabial interpolation flap; flap; nasal reconstruction

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