Background: Commonly used techniques for achieving nasal tip projection and refinement are adequate for most primary rhinoplasty patients, but they may result in undesirable tip bifidity and visible lower lateral cartilage angularity, especially in patients with thin skin. Objective: We report the use of "like" local tissues, cephalic trim cartilage remnants of the lower lateral cartilages, as invisible tip grafts to soften any angular cartilage edges or tip bifidity. Methods: The cartilaginous framework was exposed by using the open rhinoplasty approach. Lower lateral cartilages were separated from upper lateral cartilages, the caudal septum at the anterior septal angle, and from each other. A cephalic trim was performed as necessary, with the cartilaginous segments preserved for use as a cap graft. Interdomal sutures and transdermal sutures were used either alone or in combination to set the desired tip projection. If tip bifidity was visible through thin nasal tip skin, a cephalic trim cap graft was placed. Results: The procedure can achieve a well-unified nasal tip with no evidence of bifidity, angularity, or cartilage graft visibility. Conclusion: Use of this technique to improve nasal tip projection can avoid undesirable tip bifidity and visible lower lateral cartilage angularity in patients with thin nasal skin.
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