Technique for correction of the retracted columella, acute columellar-labial angle, and long upper lip

Aesthetic Plast Surg. Jul-Aug 1999;23(4):243-6. doi: 10.1007/s002669900276.


The excess tissue from upper lip vertical length reduction provides bulk for opening the columella-labial angle and increasing the visibility of the columella and upper lip vermillion. Decorticated centrally based transverse flaps from the lip and nostril floor, when transposed into a columellar pocket, correct commonly combined degenerative or developmental deformities. The technique delivers premaxilla, columella, and columella-labial angle mass, which simultaneously corrects the retracted columella, opens the columella-labial angle, shortens the upper lip length, and enhances vermillion visibility.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lip / surgery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Rhinoplasty / methods*
  • Surgical Flaps*