Fascia lata graft for nasal dorsal contouring in rhinoplasty

Karaaltin M. V. , Orhan K. S. , Demirel T.

JOURNAL OF PLASTIC RECONSTRUCTIVE AND AESTHETIC SURGERY, cilt.62, ss.1255-1260, 2009 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 62 Konu: 10
  • Basım Tarihi: 2009
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.bjps.2008.03.053
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1255-1260


Nasal dorsal irregularities are troublesome for both patient and surgeon, especially in patients with thin nasal dorsal skin. Many types of grafts have been used for nasal contouring; however, in this article, we report the use of fascia lata (FL) graft for dorsal contouring and camouflage in 63 patients who underwent rhinoplasty between May 2004 and December 2005. There were 26 male and 37 female patients, with ages ranging from 18 to 43 years (mean age: 28.7). Of the 63 patients, 49 underwent primary rhinoplasty, while 14 were secondary cases. An informed consent was obtained from all patients for the use of FL graft. The graft was harvested from the right lateral thigh. A simple method was used to place the graft over the nasal dorsum. Postoperative follow-up period was between 14 and 26 months (mean: 20). Clinical evaluation was made by inspection, palpation and photographic documentation. In addition, a questionnaire related to patient satisfaction and donor-site morbidity was sent to patients 1 year after surgery. All patients had satisfactory aesthetic results, and no apparent irregularities were observed over the nasal dorsum. The questionnaire results showed that all patients, but one, were satisfied with surgery, and were not concerned about donor-site scar; however, one patient had a donor-site morbidity. This study conclusively shows that TLF graft is a reliable, simple method for camouflaging any postoperative dorsal irregularities, particularly in patients with thin nasal skin. (C) 2008 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.