Columellar defects can result from various causes, a number of methods have been described for the reconstruction using local, regional, or free flaps. When local tissues are not available due to the presence of scars, free flaps become the treatment of choice. We present the case of a columellar defect resulting from a distal necrosis of a forehead flap in total nasal reconstruction. The columella was reconstructed using a small radial forearm free flap and a conchal cartilage graft. The flap and the graft survived completely with a satisfactory cosmetic result and good respiratory function during the follow-up time of 2 years. The result was achieved in a single-stage operation: the patient did not need any further procedures to improve the nasal appearance. We propose that the radial forearm free flap may be an easy and reliable alternative among the surgical options for columellar defects when local tissues are not available.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 1, 2009
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