Get access

Skin graft survival on subcutaneous hinge flaps: An algorithm for nasal reconstruction

Authors

  • Robert Almeyda MSc, FRCS (ORLHNS),

    1. Department of Otolaryngology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Paul van der Eerden MD,

    1. Department of Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Lange Land Hospital, Zoetermeer, the Netherlands
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Hade Vuyk MD, PhD

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Gooi-Noord Hospital, Blaricum, the Netherlands
    • Department of Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Tergooi Hospitals, Rijkstraatweg 1,1261 AN, Blaricum, the Netherlands
    Search for more papers by this author

  • The authors have no funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Abstract

Objectives/Hypothesis:

To assess the survival of full-thickness skin grafts and perichondrial cutaneous grafts when placed on subcutaneous soft tissue flaps used in nasal reconstruction.

Study Design:

Retrospective case series from a secondary-care cutaneous cancer practice.

Methods:

Twenty-eight patients with nasal defects secondary to basal cell carcinoma excision were included. Clinical information, including case notes and photography, was obtained and analyzed. Graft survival was assessed in relation to type of graft and subcutaneous soft tissue flap employed for the reconstruction.

Results:

Overall graft survival was 79%, with 89% and 74% for perichondrial cutaneous graft and full-thickness skin grafts, respectively. Anecdotally, procerus and nasalis flaps were found to yield higher graft survival than cheek fat flaps.

Conclusions:

The combination of subcutaneous soft tissue flap and skin graft cover offers a valuable addition to the treatment algorithm for nasal reconstruction following cutaneous malignancy excision. Laryngoscope, 2013

Ancillary