Update on the Septal Pivot Flap
11 June 2014 (online)
The septal pivot flap has been an integral part of my concept for total and subtotal nasal repair. Since 2004, I have performed 15 reconstructions, in 9 cases combined with a pivot flap. The three-stage procedure starts with reconstruction of the septum by lifting the flap if available and needed. In the nine patients, all flaps could be rotated smoothly and without necrosis, contributing a minor or even major portion of nasal lining in every case. The neoseptum provided a strong static support, thus preparing the ground for significantly good projection, protection, and definition of profile and tip. This article illustrates the basic technique step by step and presents four typical cases.