Rationale and Argument for Subunit Mohs Excision in Nasal Reconstruction

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Abstract

Background:

Optimal aesthetic results are achieved when nasal defects after Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) are reconstructed as entire nasal subunits.

Objective:

To illustrate the importance of reconstructing the nose in entire subunits and explore the possibilities of expanding the principles of subunit reconstruction to the concept of subunit Mohs excision.

Methods:

An 83-year-old man presented for MMS to excise 3 lesions on the nasal ala. The surgeons elected to excise and reconstruct the entire subunit.

Results:

Excellent aesthetic and functional results were obtained.

Conclusion:

When a defect greater than 50% of a nasal subunit is encountered during MMS, immediate marginal control excision of the entire subunit can be performed with subsequent reconstruction. This technique ultimately has the potential to deliver a more aesthetically pleasing outcome and should be, at the very least, considered by all Mohs surgeons.

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