The Infratip Lobule Butterfly Graft: Balancing the Transition from the Tip Lobule to the Alar Lobule


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Abstract

Summary:The nasal alae and the soft-tissue triangles are delicate structures, the contours of which are largely dependent on soft tissue and the indirect influence of the lower lateral cartilages. Creating appropriate and continuous contour from the tip lobule to the alar lobule can be challenging. The alar contour graft is one reliable method of achieving predictable contour. However, alar contour grafts of ideal length may be scarce. The butterfly graft is a simple, reliable, and predictable method of providing support in the region of the soft triangle, and spans the region between the tip lobule and alar lobule, thereby balancing the transition between these regions.

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