The forehead flap for nasal reconstruction

Charles M. Boyd, Shan R. Baker, Darrell J. Fader, Timothy S. Wang, Timothy M. Johnson

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Context: Reconstruction of extensive nasal defects often represents a significant challenge owing to several unique qualities of the nose, such as complex topography, mobile free margins, and multiple nasal subunits. Furthermore, loss of internal nasal lining and/or structural skeletal support may be present following removal of extensive skin cancers. Objective: To describe our experience with the use of forehead flap reconstruction for extensive nasal defects. Design: Retrospective case series. Settings: Academic health care hospital system. Patients/Intervention: One hundred forty-seven patients with extensive nasal defects repaired with a forehead flap. Muin Outcome Measures: The functional and aesthetic results were assessed. The characteristics of defects repaired with the forehead flap and the need for lining and/or cartilage were examined. Results: The forehead flap was used to repair 147 nasal defects after Mohs excision of nonmelanoma skin cancer. Full-thickness skin was lost in all cases, structural skeletal support in 68 cases (46%), and internal mucosal lining in 45 cases (31%). Our experience and surgical technique using the forehead flap are described. Conclusions: The forehead flap represents one of the best methods for repair of extensive nasal defects. Near-normal functional and cosmetic results can be achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1365-1370
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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