Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2004 Jul;47(7):700-703.

Aesthetic Correction Using an Auricular Conchal Cartilage Graft and LASER for Nostril and Vestibular Stenosis

  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Wallace Memorial Baptist Hospital, Busan, Korea.


Stenosis of the nostril is a rare deformity. The most common etiology is trauma. Iatrogenic trauma is a significant contributor; examples being prolonged nasal packing under tension, chemical cauterization, or other nasal procedures. Other causative factors include congenital malformations and infections. This deformity is considered a challenging problem because of frequent relapses and unsatisfactory corrections. The standard technique by which this deformity is reconstructed is by excision of the cicatrical stenosis and insertion of a split-thickness skin autograft over a mold. This technique will enlarge the nostril but will not correct the narrowing of the vestibular stenosis and nasal valve area. So, nasal obstruction symptoms remain. This paper describes a case of nostril and vestibular stenosis in a 58-year-old woman that was corrected successfully in a single stage. In this paper, not only nostril but also vestibular stenosis and nasal valve area narrowing were properly reconstructed by using an auricular conchal cartilage graft, LASER excision, and a nostril stent. The following is a report on this research.


Nostril and vestibular stenosis; Rhinoplasty
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