[Importance of a molding nasolabial flap in the reconstruction of mobile nose defects, a review of 25 cases]

Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord). 2010;131(2):103-6.
[Article in French]


Introduction: Mobile nose reconstruction, because of its location, its anatomy and its functional role is a surgical challenge. We describe throughout this article the surgical technique and the importance of the nasolabial flap in a single-step procedure for repairing mobile nose defects.

Materials and methods: We present 25 cases of mobile nose defects secondary to an oncologic etiology, affecting the supratip, the alar margin and the columella. Patients benefited from a superiorly pedicled molding nasolabial flap harvested in a one-step procedure under local anesthesia.

Result: Aesthetic result of each repair was evaluated according to 5 criteria and was considered as very satisfactory by the surgeons. No complication such as necrosis or infection was recorded.

Discussion: A molding nasolabial flap allows optimum repair of the mobile nose. It represents reliability, elasticity at the price of minimal scarring. We find it an important tool in the therapeutic armamentarium in patients with tissue loss in mobile nose.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nose / surgery*
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures*
  • Surgical Flaps*
  • Young Adult