A clinical definition of an ideal nasal radix

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2002 Apr 1;109(4):1416-8; discussion 1419-20. doi: 10.1097/00006534-200204010-00033.


The authors developed a system of simple soft-tissue measurements to define the ideal proportions of the nose. These measurements provide the surgeon the parameters to assess when a nose is "balanced" and to define when the radix should be raised or lowered. A ratio of 2:1:1:0.75 for length, projection, height, and radix, respectively, defines the ideally balanced Caucasian nose.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Nose / anatomy & histology*
  • Rhinoplasty / methods*