A few words on anatomy of the nose

It is difficult to understand the different approaches to nose surgery without a basic understanding of the anatomy. We will only look at anatomical features in respect to the changes that can be made.

What can be changed and what cannot?

a. The nasofrontal angle/root of the nose

It should be an obtuse angle, not a straight line.Some changes can be made, but it is difficult.

b.The bridge of the nose from top to bottom

Changes on the bridge are common

c. The tip of the nose

Made of two C-shaped cartilages (alar cartilages) that support the tip, the nostrils and the columella. The columella is the central part between the nostrils.

Tip changes are also common.

d. The lip-tip angle

The angle can be changed by working on the lateral cartilages and the septum

e. The skin of the nose

The skin on the bridge of the nose is thin and pliable. At the tip and just above, this skin is markedly thicker. This has an impact on healing.

The skin will remain untouched in most cases except for incisions.

f. The inner lining: the mucosa

The mucosa lines the inner nose and makes the transition towards skin at the level of the nostrils. It is very important to preserve this lining. When damaged, the underlying cartilage may be lost.

The mucosa also should remain untouched, except for incisions

g. Lip height

A lip that is too long can be shortened and improve the looks of the nose.





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