Augmentation is a key element in Asian rhinoplasty. Most cosmetic rhinoplasties in Asians aim to build up the nasal dorsum and nasal tip to make the nose appear more prominent and defined. Augmentation of the nasal dorsum is usually achieved by placement of a dorsal implant or cartilage graft with or without fascia.1 To properly augment the nasal tip, surgeons have to contend with thick nasal tip skin and weak lower lateral cartilage (LLC) that hamper the desired reshaping of the nasal tip using suture techniques alone.2,3 Tip grafting is therefore an important technique that plays a critical role in augmenting and refining the nasal tip of Asians.
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