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Archives of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2011;17(2):133-136.
Published online June 1, 2011.
Restoration of Deformed Ala Caused by Cosmetic Alar Reduction: A Case Report.
Dae Seung Na, Dong Chul Kim
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, College of Medicine, Konyang University, Daejeon, Korea.
Cosmetically to correct large, thick and flaring ala, Weir method have been frequently used. But after excessive Weir excision, it causes tightened distal nose, lowered nasal tip, and unnatural shape of ala. A 32-years-old female patient suffered from the marked tightness of distal nose, lowered height of nasal tip, and mild dyspnea after Wier excision 1 year ago. She showed unnatural alar base shape with blunting of alar-facial groove angle up to 110 degree, and it rapidly slanted to the nasal tip. The incision was made along the previous operative scars at alar base, and release of tension were done. There was a 7mm gap in each side of both alar bases. The two wedge shaped composite grafts from the left helical rim were obtained, and insetted to the alar base gaps. Immediately after operation, she showed relief of dyspnea and tightness of nasal tip, and improved shape of distal nose. The 3 months postoperatively , mild hyperpigmentation of the grafted sites were noticed. The overall results were excellent. To correct the deformed ala and unnatural distal nose shape after excessive alar reduction using Wier excision, we present a technique of the composite auricular chondrocutaneous grafts at alar base.
Key Words: Acquired nose deformities, Tissue grafts

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