Arch Aesthetic Plast Surg.  2022 Jan;28(1):40-43. 10.14730/aaps.2021.00311.

Reconstruction of a large nasal defect using a folded forehead flap: a case report

  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Konkuk University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Konkuk University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea


Forehead flaps are widely used to reconstruct nasal defects. The authors report a case wherein a folded forehead flap was used to reconstruct a large nasal defect after wide excision of squamous cell carcinoma. A 65-year-old man was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma by a punch biopsy conducted at the dermatology department, and the mass was located in the left nasal vestibule. A forehead flap was planned to cover the full-thickness defect that occurred after wide excision. A flap with an extended transverse skin paddle was designed; thereafter, the distant part of the flap was folded up to the nasal lining inside the nose. The interpolation flap was properly maintained for 3 weeks, and flap division was performed. The reconstructed nose exhibited symmetry during a 5-month observation period. A folded forehead flap is a surgical option when considerable nasal restoration, including soft tissue and the internal lining, is necessary.


Nose / Reconstruction / Forehead / Flap / Case reports
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