Instruments in rhinoplasty: who is behind the name?

J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 Jan;68(1):87-92. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2014.10.018. Epub 2014 Oct 16.


Rhinoplasty is considered one of the most commonly performed and most challenging operations in facial plastic surgery. The modern facial plastic surgeon utilizes many instruments in performing this procedure. Many of these instruments take their names from the pioneers who invented or designed them. Although meritorious, the recent trend in medicine to move away from eponyms in lieu of descriptive names should not come at the price of forgetting history. Although this communication does not seek to provide a comprehensive history of rhinoplasty or of its pioneers, our aim is to mention several of the salient contributing figures upon whose shoulders we stand and whose eponymous instruments we use commonly in rhinoplasty.

Keywords: History; Instruments; Maker; Rhinoplasty.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Safety
  • Esthetics
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Rhinoplasty / history
  • Rhinoplasty / instrumentation*
  • Surgeons / history*
  • Surgical Instruments / classification
  • Surgical Instruments / history*
  • Treatment Outcome