To describe the experience of a single department using uncovered subcutaneous hinge flaps to repair the nasal portion and adjacent facial subunits of defects after skin tumor excision.
Case series of 16 patients needing reconstruction for lesions of the alar subunit with 1 or more adjacent facial subunits after Mohs surgery for cutaneous malignant neoplasms.
All flaps healed well by secondary intention, and the results were gauged at least satisfactory by the patients and surgeons. In 4 patients there were minor aesthetic concerns: in 1 patient the underlying cartilage graft was prominent and a minor revision was undertaken, 1 patient had effacement of the nasofacial sulcus, 1 patient developed a hypertrophic scar, and 1 patient developed both effacement of the nasofacial sulcus and a scar.
The use of subcutaneous hinge flaps allowed to heal by secondary intention is a simple 1-stage technique that may be useful in reconstruction of small but deep nasal sidewall defects.