Facial plast Surg 2014; 30(01): 081-083
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1363757
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Hyaluronan-Induced Cosmetic Reconstruction of the Nostril

Giovanni Nicoletti1, Carlo Guardo Ghilardi1, Silvia Scevola1, Angela Faga1
  • 1Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit, Salvatore Maugeri Research and Care Institute, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
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31 January 2014 (online)


Tissue loss of the nostrils presents a considerable surgical challenge due to the greatly reduced availability of local tissue within such a peculiar anatomical region. The traditional reconstructive methods, such as direct suture, secondary healing, skin grafts, and local skin flaps, have shown poor provision of desirable cosmetic outcomes in this area. The authors propose an innovative and alternative method of cosmetic reconstruction of small skin defects of the nostril based on a hyaluronan-induced skin regeneration. Such a procedure allowed the healing of relatively large areas of skin loss with the formation of a truly regenerated tissue whose clinical features closely resemble those of the local normal skin. Nevertheless, the proposed procedure is lengthy and time-consuming and requires high levels of cooperation from patients. In our practice, the hyaluronan-induced skin regeneration is now considered the first choice for cosmetic reconstruction of small defects of the nostril in needy patients.