Alar groove plasty using a subcutaneous flap technique in bulbous nose repair after cleft lip plasty

H. Ohara, T. Nakajima, H. Ogata, N. Ishii, Y. Shimizu

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Background: Bulbous nose is a ball-like nasal deformity, frequently seen in postoperative cleft lip patients, that is hard to prevent despite numerous techniques available for nasal tip plasty. Here we describe a new method for correcting bulbous nose in cleft lip patients by creating an ideal alar groove. Methods: A subcutaneous flap with the pedicle of the overlying skin connected circumferentially is made just beneath the position for the ideal alar groove. The subcutaneous flap is fixed to the septum cartilage to create the alar groove depression on the nasal tip. This method is generally performed in conjunction with other rhinoplasty using the open nasal approach. Results: Three postoperative cleft lip and nose patients underwent alar groove plasty combined with rhinoplasty. All retained good contour after the operation. Conclusion: Alar groove plasty using the subcutaneous flap technique improves bulbous nose deformities of cleft lip patients and can retain good postoperative contour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)884-888
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jul



  • Cleft lip
  • Flap
  • Nose
  • Rhinoplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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