Full-thickness skin grafting in nasal reconstruction

William M. Weathers, Mohin Bhadkamkar, Erik M. Wolfswinkel, James F. Thornton

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Skin grafting in nasal reconstruction, long used by dermatologists, can provide superior results and can well be the "go too" procedure for nasal reconstruction. The upper two-thirds of the nose is composed of both flattened, featureless and often thin skin that is well recreated with defect-only full-thickness grafting. Skin grafting for the lower third of the nose has been practiced for years by dermatologists; over the last 4 to 5 years, it has been embraced by plastic surgeons. The patient and donor site selection is critical. Meticulous attention to graft selection, utilization of a no-touch technique during graft harvest and placement of surgical bolsters with through-and-through tacking sutures are essential to ensure 100% graft take and a successful aesthetic result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-95
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Plastic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • Mohs reconstruction
  • full-thickness skin graft
  • nasal defect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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