The over-projecting nasal tip: Precise reduction without rotation

L. G. Close, S. D. Schaefer, B. A. Schultz

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Excessive projection of the nasal tip is a relatively uncommon deformity, often referred to as the “Pinocchio” nose. When this un- aesthetic appearance is secondary to abnormally long medial and lateral crura of the lower lateral cartilages, and when tip rotation is undesirable, surgical correction can represent a challenging problem. A simple and reproducible method via the open septorhinoplasty approach is described for correction of this deformity. In this technique, preoperative photographs are analyzed to calculate the exact length of cartilage to be excised from the medial and lateral crura. The results of this procedure are critically analyzed in six consecutive patients followed for 7 to 19 months. Based on this experience, the operation is recommended as a reliable method for correction of the over-projecting nasal tip when minimal or no rotation is desirable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-936
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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