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Surgical Technique
July 2006

The Transvestibular Approach: A New Horizon in Rhinoplasty

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon, and Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Mass.

Correspondence: Nabil S. Fuleihan, MD, Department of Otolaryngology–@Head and Neck Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Bliss Street, PO Box 11-0236, Beirut 11072020, Lebanon (nf02@aub.edu.lb).

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2006;8(4):273-282. doi:10.1001/archfaci.8.4.273

The lower lateral cartilage has intricate anatomical elements that define shape, projection, and relations with other nasal tip structures. Good exposure of the lower lateral cartilages is an essential step in rhinoplasty. Conservative surgical techniques are essential to get natural long-term results. Different endonasal techniques have limitations in visualizing the lateral and intermediate crura, predisposing patients to asymmetries in reduction and rearrangement. In this article, a new endonasal rhinoplasty approach is described. Using a marginal incision, the vestibular skin is elevated and the endonasal surface of the lower lateral cartilage is exposed, permitting precise reduction, rearrangement, and placement of interdomal suspension sutures and lateral crural spanning sutures. This article discusses the surgical steps and results of my experience using this approach. This transvestibular approach is a new, dependable, and simple method that should allow rhinoplastic surgeons to perform this operation with predictable results and limited variables.