Postoperative cooling enhances composite graft survival in nasal-alar and fingertip reconstruction.

  • Yuichi Hirase
  • Published 1993 in British journal of plastic surgery


A simple method using ice-water and aluminium foil for enhancing composite graft survival is reported. Cooling the entire recipient site retards cellular degeneration in the graft until neovascularisation occurs. The success of this technique in nasal reconstruction using auricular chondrocutaneous tissue and nonmicrosurgical fingertip reattachment is… (More)