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NASAL length is an important component of the overall nasal aesthetic.
The depth of the nasofrontal angle contributes to the apparent length of the
nasal profile and is a region that must be addressed in primary and revision
The starting point of the nose is largely defined by the depth and character
of this region. A nose with a diffuse or blunted nasofrontal angle will appear
excessively short, as will a nose in which this angle is too deep. Although
there are numerous methods of assessing this region, the aesthetic sense of
the operating surgeon should guide this anatomic analysis. It is true that
an overzealous reduction of the dorsal hump can result in a deficient nasofrontal
angle and a loss of nasal length. The surgeon must understand the importance
of maintaining the appropriate height to the nasal dorsum. In some cases,
augmentation of the nasofrontal angle can create the impression of a lowered
and more aesthetically pleasing dorsum without actually removing any tissue
from the nose itself. In other cases, nasofrontal augmentation may be used
to correct a deficient nasal length that may have occurred naturally or from
a primary procedure. In addition, in some patients, balancing an otherwise
heavy or significantly projected lower third of the nose is best achieved
by augmentation in the radix region.
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