Procedure

Nasal Laceration

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Nasal Laceration, Nasal Ala Laceration

  • Precautions
  1. Nasal Ala Laceration
    1. Close approximation is critical to a good cosmetic result
    2. Close each layer (mucosa, cartilage and skin) individually
    3. Consider plastic surgery for closure if there is any step-off or deformity
  • Technique
  • Nasal Ala Laceration Repair
  1. Step 1: Mucosa closure
    1. Close with Absorbable Suture (fast absorbing gut or chromic Suture)
  2. Step 2: Cartilage closure
    1. Close with 5-0 or 6-0 nylon or monocryl
    2. Requires close approximation (analogous to lip vermilion border)
    3. Use a keystone or stay stitch to best approximate the edges
  3. Step 3: Skin closure
    1. Undermine skin to remove excess tension
    2. Close with nylon or ProleneSutures (to be removed in 5 days)
  • References
  1. Claudius, LoTempio, Behar and Swaminathan in Herbert (2016) EM:Rap 16(8): 2-3