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October 1989

The Tripod Concept

Author Affiliations

Seatle, Wash

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(10):1168-1169. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860340022011

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Dr Jack Anderson's presentation of the Tripod Concept. This representation of the two lateral crura and combined mesial crura as the three legs of a tripod has been a key concept (perhaps the key concept) to explain nasal tip dynamics over the last 20 years.

Dr Anderson's original explanation is still valid and is used today to explain the mechanics of the various tip rhinoplasty techniques. Herein, we reprint the key aspects of Dr Anderson's classic article on its 20th anniversary in honor of his contribution.1

THE DYNAMICS OF RHINOPLASTY  It has been found helpful in teaching to liken the lower lateral cartilage complex that forms the skeleton of the nasal tip to a tripod, the conjoined mesial crura being one leg and the lateral crura forming the other two. The legs of the tripod are not of equal length, and they

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