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October 1989

Advances in Nasal Tip Surgery: The Lateral Crural Steal

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas, Houston (Drs Kridel, Konior, and Wright); Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Tex (Drs Kridel and Wright); and Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Shumrick).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(10):1206-1212. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860340060018

• Increasing nasal tip projection, rotation, and definition have classically been attempted through a variety of lobular cartilage incising or excising techniques. Resultant long-term complications, including bossing, alar notching, pinched tips, and alar collapse, have occasionally resulted from the use of these techniques. The majority of these complications have arisen secondary to a loss of structural support following the interruption of the lower lateral cartilages. This article describes the "lateral crural steal," a method of increasing nasal tip projection and nasal tip rotation while preserving the integrity of the lobular cartilage complex. The procedure uses the external rhinoplasty approach for exposure. By elevating both the dorsal and the vestibular skin from the domes of the lobular cartilages, the lateral crura may be advanced onto the medial crura to further project the nasal tip and to reorient the tip upward. This technique along with its philosophy and long-term follow-up results are presented.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115:1206-1212)

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