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Manafi A, Eslami Shahr Babaki A, Mehrabani G, Shahlaee A, Manafi A. Can We Add Auricular Composite Graft to Our Rhinoplasty Armamentarium?. wjps. 2013; 2 (1) :33-40
URL: http://wjps.ir/article-1-57-en.html
Department of Plastic Surgery, Tehran Uni-versity of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran;
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BACKGROUND The ala of the nose, with its particular texture and characteristics, poses both aesthetically and functionally intriguing challenges and is rather problematic regarding choices for reconstructive methods. Both flaps and grafts have been used to restore natural structure of nasal ala. The present study summarizes a ten-year experience of reconstructive surgery using small composite grafts from non-cartilage bearing tissues, and large composite grafts, containing cartilaginous tissue, with a mean follow-up of 4 years and 8 months. METHODS Cumulatively 56 patients were reported. Some of them required surgery due to previous cosmetic rhinoplasty. In 47 of the cases, a small graft from the non-cartilage bearing junction of ear lobule to helical rim sufficed. Nine patients had rather large defects for which grafts were harvested from the helical root. Donor sites were primarily closed and grafts were implanted in place in a single, rapid session. RESULTS All small grafts had excellent take. Of 9 large grafts, 5 had excellent take, three had acceptable, and one, in a male smoker, failed to take. During follow-up, no gross deformity or poor scar was detected in either donor or recipient site. CONCLUSIONS We have demonstrated that using both large and small auricular composite grafts has favorable long term results for reconstruction of alar rim deformities. However, use of small grafts seems more beneficial and applicability of large grafts requires further studies.
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Special
Received: 2012/12/9 | Published: 2013/01/15

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