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Research Letter
Nov/Dec 2018

Intraoperative Measurement of the Anatomic Features of the Lower Lateral Cartilage and Nasal Tip Shape of the Asian Nose

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Republic of Korea
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2018;20(6):518-519. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2018.0570

Understanding the nasal tip structure is essential in using a tailored surgical technique for patients with different anatomic characteristics. The width of the alar cartilage determines columellar width and tip bulbosity.1 The profile contour of the alar cartilage is also a determining factor for rotation, projection, and definition of the nasal tip.2 Moreover, there is growing recognition of the result of cephalic malposition of the lateral crus in tip aesthetics in the noses of white individuals, thus leading to more frequent repositioning of the lateral crus during tip surgery for patients who are white.3

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