With skin cancers on the rise, otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeons and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons face an increasing number of patients with facial defects requiring reconstruction after cancer excision. In this issue of Facial Plastic Surgical Clinics of North America , we focus on nasal reconstruction. Experts on surgical reconstruction of nasal deformities address the range of abnormalities encountered and describe in detail surgical methods available to treat these problems.
After a review of the anatomy, physiology, and general concepts in nasal reconstruction, specific focus is given to each of the nasal “subunits” and treatment options for defects in these areas. Another important way to think about nasal reconstruction is in terms of the specific reconstructive flaps, and individual, detailed, and well-illustrated articles are devoted to the most commonly employed flaps. When reconstructing a nasal defect, consideration must be given not only to the external surface but also to the internal lining and to structural support. Important articles on these subjects can be found in this issue. Finally, two complex case studies bring together many of the important concepts and surgical techniques covered in the issue.
It has been a great privilege and honor to serve as guest editor of this issue of Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics . I would like to thank and to congratulate the authors for their hard work. It is our hope that this issue of Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics will improve the otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeons’ and facial plastic surgeons’ understanding of the surgical treatment of nasal deformities.