The method used to create an alar groove is described. The tissue defect at the base of the ala nasi is replaced by a full-thickness skin graft. When it has healed and become stabilized, it is incised at the alar base. This incision continues to the nasal lining which is left intact. Consequently the substance of the ala nasi is left open and heals per secundum, thus creating an alar groove.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 24, 2002
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