The lateral nasal osteotomy is an integral element in rhinoplasty. A reproducible and predictable technique for the lateral nasal osteotomy (when indicated) is a significant contributor to operative success. A variety of methods and instrumentation are used to produce lateral osteotomies; currently, the two different modes used most frequently are the internal continuous and external perforated techniques. A previously published study by the senior author detailed the benefits of the external perforated osteotomy after comparing the two different methods. This article describes the role of the external perforated osteotomy technique in reproducing consistent results in rhinoplasty with minimal postoperative complications.
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