Reconstruction of Internal Nasal Valve, Septum, Dorsum, and Anterior Structures of the Nose in a Single Procedure With a Molded Bone Graft: The Sail Graft

Guneren E., ÇİFTÇİ M., KARAALTIN M. V., Yildiz K.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.23, no.3, pp.863-865, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0b013e31824dd5da
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.863-865
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes


Excessive surgical removal or traumatic loss of the tissues supporting the nasal roof can result in the "saddle nose" deformity. It involves both cartilage and bone deficiencies. Two main resources are used to reconstruct this difficult deformity: autogenous bone and cartilage grafts and alloplastic materials. This study presents the reconstruction of the dorsum, septum, internal nasal valve, and anterior structures and the tip of the nose using a block of molded autogenous bone graft. We called it the "sail graft," because it looks like a sail from a lateral view. The mast of the sail is oriented in a superior-to-inferior direction, beginning in the frontonasal region to the tip of the nose to form a straight, well-rounded dorsum. The longest postoperative follow-up of 13 cases is now 10 years; the median follow-up is 2 years. The results have been satisfactory.