Columellar advancement flap for midline nasal defects

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology



Document Type


Medical Subject Headings

Humans; Nose; Nose Diseases; Reconstructive Surgical Procedures; Surgical Flaps


Dermatology | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases


Dermatologic surgeons frequently encounter nasal tip defects after Mohs micrographic surgery. Correction of these defects presents a unique challenge. Slight flaws in design or technique may induce functional and aesthetic penalty. We present the columellar advancement flap, a novel repair option for nasal tip defects. When used appropriately, this technique results in concealed incision lines, preserved nasal symmetry, and optimal color and texture match. Additional advantages include reduction of “columellar sag” and increase of the nasolabial angle, resulting in more aesthetically pleasing nasal appearance.


Citation: Love, W. E., Sweeney, S. M., Maloney, M. E. and Bordeaux, J. S. (2010), Columellar Advancement Flap for Midline Nasal Defects. Dermatologic Surgery, 36: 241–244. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2009.01398.x

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