Changes seen in the nose from increased skin elasticity, weakened nasal cartilages, and detachment of ligaments can lead to cosmetic and functional impairment. Esthetically, the nasal tip droops, the nose lengthens, the columella shortens, and the ala collapse. Functionally, the internal and external nasal valves weaken, the anterior nares narrow, and airway turbulence increases, thus contributing to the effect of nasal obstruction. Skin redundancy of the elderly nose may compromise outcomes when typical rhinoplasty techniques are applied. Herein is described a technique pioneered by Fred Stucker, involving a direct external approach to address the aging nasal tip. The technique can be performed under local anesthesia and in combination with other procedures for the aging nose, such as rhinophyma excision or septoplasty for the aging nose.
Keywords: Aging nose, External approach, Nasal tip ptosis, Rhinolift.
How to cite this article: Hu M. External Approach for the Treatment of the Aging Nasal Tip. Int J Head Neck Surg 2016;7(3):165-167.
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