The V-Y principal is used in a number of flap reconstruction techniques. V-Y flaps suffer from design problems of the advancing edge, which is usually concave, trying to match another concave edge on the opposite side of the defect. The flap-in-flap technique uses a second V-Y flap at the advancing edge of the main flap to overcome this mismatch, and also improves the amount of advancement possible. The technique has been used in three patients, demonstrating reliability and a further advantage, which is the ability of the second flap to rotate at an angle to the main flap to aid in reconstructing a complex defect such as the alar base of the nose. Further experience with this technique should widen its applications.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2006|
- Local flap
- Skin cancer
- V-Y flap