Use of the Z-plasty technique in nasal skin cancers Two clinical cases


COD: 06_2012_577-580 Categorie: ,

Cristiano Monarca, Pasquale Fino, Maria Ida Rizzo, Daniele Passaretti, Nicolò Scuderi

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2012 83: 577-580

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Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of cancer in Europe, Australia and the U.S.A. After nasal skin cancer excision, especially if it is less than 1-2 cm in diameter, several surgical techniques can be used to reconstruct the lack of substance.In the management of our two patients we have chosen to utilize, instead, a well-known plastic surgery technique, Z-plasty, which is both easy to perform that effective to achieve excellent cosmetic results. As shown by our two clinical cases, the use of Z-plasty for lack of substance of the nose tip and bridge can be extremely effective in terms of cosmetic results. In comparison with the other reconstructive techniques, in fact, it is very easy to perform and allows to avoid or minimize the distortion of the nasal tip and wing, to orient the incision along the skin tension lines and, finally, to replace the lack with very similar structures regarding color, thickness and tissue architecture to those removed.