Dynamics of rhinoplasty

Plast Reconstr Surg. 1991 Dec;88(6):970-8; discussion 979.


Nasal dynamics were studied on 87 patients undergoing rhinoplasty of one zone or two distant nasal zones. Statistical analysis of the result revealed that reduction of the nasion area, besides setting the soft tissue back, gave the appearance of increased intercanthal distance and lengthened the nose. Reduction of the nasal bridge resulted in a wider appearance on front view and a cephalically rotated tip on profile. Augmentation of the bridge affected the nose reversely. Tip cephalad rotation was achieved by resecting one of the three areas: the cephalad portion of the lower lateral cartilages (affecting the rims more), the caudal septum (affecting the central portion more), and the caudal portion of the medial crura of the lower lateral cartilages (affecting the central portion only). Resection of the alar base not only narrowed the nostrils but also moved the alar rim caudally. Furthermore, it reduced tip projection when a large alar base reduction was done. Reduction of the nasal spine increased the upper lip length on profile and reduced tip projection when a large reduction took place. Significant reduction in caudal nose projection resulted in widening of the alar base.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rhinoplasty / methods*