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Surgical Technique
May 2005

The Extended Columellar Strut–Tip Graft

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Otolaryngology, New York Presbyterian Hospital–Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Dr Pastorek), Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, New York University School of Medicine (Dr Bustillo), New York; and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Dr Becker). Dr Murphy is in private practice in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Correspondence: Andres Bustillo, MD, 18 E 88th St, New York, NY 10128 (andresbustillo@yahoo.com).

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2005;7(3):176-184. doi:10.1001/archfaci.7.3.176

The extended columellar strut–tip graft is a structural unit used in endonasal rhinoplasty that combines the attributes of the columellar strut and the tip graft. It is used to provide projection and contour to the nasal tip. Our goal with this study was to evaluate a 15-year experience with 155 patients who underwent rhinoplasty with the extended columellar strut–tip graft. Of these, 110 underwent secondary rhinoplasty, and 45 underwent primary rhinoplasty. There were 6 patients in the secondary rhinoplasty group who experienced complications: in 3, the graft became visible postoperatively, and 3 patients had graft placement asymmetry. These 6 patients underwent surgery in the initial years of graft development. One patient with graft edge visibility and 1 patient with graft asymmetry underwent revision surgery with satisfactory results. The extended columella strut–tip graft is a reliable method to provide nasal tip projection and contour. The successful use of the graft requires precise diagnosis and surgical technique.