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William Portuese MD
A rhinoplasty, and more specifically a columellar-plasty can be performed when patients have a hanging columella. The hanging columella is usually composed of both bone and cartilage. The cartilage component is the most inferior caudal extension of this nasal septum. A small amount of the caudal septum is composed of the bony nasal spine. Cartilage, bone and skin all need to be adressed to reduce the hanging columella. The columella angle with relationship to the upper lip can also be adjusted upwards or downwards depending upon the angulation of the cartilage removed. To lift the tip, more cartilage and skin is removed from the most superior portion of the columella. To bring the tip downwards requires more cartilage and bone along the nasal spine brought in to cantilever the tip back downwards. Skin is also removed from both sides of the columella as well to tuck the entire septum upwards and inwards. It is also important to release the depressor septi ligament if present, which prevents the tip from drooping when patients smile or talk. Releasing the depressor septi ligament will also prevent the skin from bunching up and showing even more columellar show upon animation. To some degree, the tip can also be lifted at that time if there is a drooping tip present. It is also important to narrow the nasal tip cartilages at the same time if needed to balance with the new columella. Sutures used to close the incision on both sides of the columella are catgut sutures which are dissolvable and fall out in about a week. A columella-plasty can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or it as a component of a full rhinoplasty procedure, depending upon the patient’s desires. Dr. William Portuese is a board certified facial plastic surgeon practicing in Seattle Washington and is the medical director at the Seattle Rhinoplasty Center.
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Dr. William Portuese performs closed rhinoplasty when patients have a dorsal hump that needs to be removed. Removal of the dorsal hump is the most common reason patients seek out a rhinoplasty procedure. The dorsal hump is composed of 3 structures, which include the cartilaginous upper lateral cartilages, the cartilagenous dorsal portion of the nasal septum, and the nasal bones. These 3 items come together in the nose called the rhinion, which is a growth center for both cartilage and bone. A dorsal hump needs to be shaved down in to be able to remove it successfully. To remove cartilage, this must be cut with a knife or scissors. The bone can be cut with an osteotome, or filed down with a rasp, but it really depends on how large the bony dorsal hump is.
Dorsal hump removal with closed rhinoplasty
Removing the dorsal hump creates a flat-top, open roof nasal deformity. Once the dorsal hump has been removed, both medial and lateral osteotomies of the nasal bones are performed with an osteotome to narrow the nasal bones and close the open roof created from this nasal hump removal. Osteotomies and breaking the nasal bones inward are a necessity for the nose to look good in all 3 dimensions. Once the hump has been removed, some patients do not require any nasal tip work, while others may require the tip to now be balanced with the new bridge line. Minor or major tip adjustments can also be performed during a closed rhinoplasty procedure to make sure the entire structure of the nose balances with itself, and the entire new nose balances with the patient’s complete facial features. Once the hump and osteotomies have been performed, an Aqua-Plast cast is applied across the bridge line of the nose and left in place for 6 days. Patients will get some degree of bruising and swelling lasting approximately 10 days. Full healing is one year after rhinoplasty surgery. All of the incisions for a closed rhinoplasty are placed on the inside of the nose, and the incisions are closed with dissolvable catgut sutures, which fall out in about a week. Dr. William A. Portuese performs dorsal hump reduction rhinoplasty at the Seattle Rhinoplasty Center under general anesthesia as an outpatient surgical procedure. Board certified physician anesthesiologists are in attendance for patient safety and comfort.
Dr William Portuese
1101 Madison Street #1280
Seattle, Washington 98104
A significant facial feature is the nose. Its irregular shape can give the face an off-balance appearance. Rhinoplasty can change the contour of the nose, balancing the face and increasing attractiveness as a whole.
To correct a crooked nose, patients frequently get rhinoplasty done. It can be difficult to straighten a crooked nose, so a skilled cosmetic surgeon like Dr. William Portuese, a rhinoplasty expert, is needed. We encourage you to book a consultation with Dr. Portuese if you live in or around Seattle, WA and are thinking about getting a rhinoplasty for a crooked nose.
The Difficulties in Straightening a Slanted Nose
One of the trickier goals of rhinoplasty is typically thought to be straightening a crooked nose. It might be challenging to straighten a crooked nose for a few reasons.
One of them is that the bone and cartilage that make up the nose might progressively revert to their pre-surgery positions. The second explanation is that the anatomy of the face may contribute to a crooked nose.
In other words, the nose is not directly in the centre of the face, and the face is not symmetrical. Finding the midline of the face to straighten the nose may be challenging as a result.
What Are Some Causes of Crooked Noses?
Although fixing a crooked nose might be difficult, Dr. Portuese is an expert in this field at our Seattle office. Depending on the underlying causes of the crooked nose, straightening it may be more or less difficult.
It’s crucial to comprehend the potential causes of the asymmetry while thinking about rhinoplasty for a crooked nose. A crooked nose may result from various factors, such as:
a fractured nose or another wound
Straightening a Crooked Nose with Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty requires addressing the structures that make up the nose in order to straighten a crooked nose. The septum, cartilage, and nasal bones are the most common examples of these structures.
Sometimes the nasal bones or cartilage are altered in order to straighten the nose.
Other times, a total repositioning of the septum may be necessary.
Even all three of these modifications might be helpful for certain people.
Small amounts of bone or cartilage can be added by using septal grafts or ear cartilage grafts, which are taken from different parts of the nose or the ears.
When bigger volumes or a stronger graft material are required, bone and cartilage from other regions of the body, such as a rib graft, may be used.
Some patients may simply require controlled bone fractures, often known as osteotomies, to reshape their nose, particularly those who have a crooked nose as a result of a healed accident.
In order to relocate and rearrange the nasal bones during rhinoplasty surgery so that the nose can heal straight, controlled bone fractures are necessary.
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The bulbous tip is created from wide and divergent lower lateral cartilages that compose the nasal tip anatomy. The bulbous tip is usually not created from the width of the actual cartilages themselves, but the angulation at which they’re oriented in the nasal soft tissue envelope over the nose. To narrow a bulbous tip, this can be accomplished with either a closed rhinoplasty, or an open rhinoplasty depending upon the surgeon’s preference.
Reduction of the bulbous tip
Dr. Portuese prefers to perform this procedure with a closed rhinoplasty approach, whereby all of the incisions are placed completely on the inside of the nose. To narrow the cartilages requires a combination of inter-domal and intra-domal sutures, which narrow them individually, and then narrow them together as a unit. Once the cartilages had been narrowed, some patients also require a conservative cartilage removal as well on the sides of the nasal tip. Removing the cartilage also helps narrow and refine the nasal tip. This is considered a cephalic trim removal of the lower lateral cartilages of the nasal tip. In addition, cartilage grafts can be placed on the top of the nasal dome where the sutures have been placed to give added projection to the tip when needed. This cartilage grafting is helpful in patients who have moderate thickness of the nasal tip skin and poor projection of the tip.
After the cartilage grafts and sutures have been placed, the cartilages are then reinserted back into their normal anatomical position, and the incisions closed with dissolvable catgut sutures. It takes several months to start to see what the new nasal tip looks like due to the swelling that occurs in the area of the nasal tip, which is prolonged. Full healing after a rhinoplasty procedure is one year. When patients have thick skin in the tip of the nose, this is a significant impediment to seeing a very refined result over the nasal tip cartilages. Patients who have thick skin in the nasal tip are poor candidates for open or closed rhinoplasty. Many patients also require taping of the nose in the first 6 months after the procedure, and some patients require cortisone shots to help prevent buildup of fluid and scar tissue in the supratip area of the nose. Follow-up with your operative surgeon is of utmost importance, and is just as important as the surgery itself.
Dr. Portuese performs bulbous tip reduction rhinoplasty at the Seattle Rhinoplasty Center located in Seattle Washington.
A Closed rhinoplasty procedure can accomplish building up the nasal bridge. In many cases patients are born with a low bridge profile and would simply like to build up the height of the bridge for better facial aesthetics and balance. Other patients, have had an over-resection of the dorsal hump, and are left with a residual ski-slope deformity. In addition, some patients have received a traumatic injury to the nose and are left with a saddle nose deformity. When performing a revision rhinoplasty, it’s important to know how much cartilage as left on the inside of the nose for potential grafting purposes. A cartilage graft is the preferential way to build up patients own bridge line with their own natural tissues. If there is a cartilage-depleted nose, ear cartilage can be considered. In rare cases, rib cartilage may be needed. Once the nasal cartilage or ear cartilages have been harvested for potential grafting, they are then fashioned in the proper shape and inserted through a small incision along the bridge line of the nose. Most of the time the grafts are placed in a precise pocket, but they also can be sewn in place if needed. Alternatively, some patients require a significant amount of augmentation and they have no cartilage left on the inside of the nose and do not wish to have a rib cartilage taken out. For these patients, a Flowers Silastic nasal dorsal implant is used. These are also inserted in a small anatomical pocket along the bridge line. These implants are composed of Silastic, and can be custom carved when necessary. These implants are not the typical L- strut used in Asia. The L- strut implants can cause a lot of problems and many times have to be removed. In addition to building up the bridge of the nose, many patients require osteotomies placed in the nasal bones to narrow a pre-existing wide bridge line in addition to adding height to the bridge. This also helps to give added height to the bridge as well. Both medial and lateral osteotomies of the nasal bones are required to narrow them. It is also important to evaluate the status of the nasal tip to make sure it is in balance with the new and higher bridge line. Some patients require a reduction in the size of the tip with a conservative cartilage removal, while other patients require augmentation of the tip to of balance with the bridge. Tip cartilage grafting techniques are sometimes required to make sure the tip balances with the entire new bridge line. Dr. Portuese performs nasal surgery at The Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art licensed and certified outpatient surgery center in Seattle Washington.
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Some patients are born with an unnaturally narrow nose and would like to have it cosmetically widened. Other patients are born with an “hourglass deformity” which means they have pinched or very narrowed upper lateral cartilages in the mid-portion of the nose. Typically these patients have wide nasal bones, a dorsal hump, and a wide tip. The inverted upper lateral cartilages appear concave and relatively speaking, can make the tip look more bulbous and the bridge look wider. To widen a narrow nose requires osteotomies placed in the nasal bones, which include both medial and lateral osteotomies. The medial osteotomies are placed at the junction between the upper lateral cartilage and the lower portion of the nasal bones. Instead of narrowing the nasal bones, they’re actually cantilevered out more widely, also known as reverse osteotomies. Cartilaginous spreader grafts are then inserted in the space where the medial osteotomies were placed to hold the nasal bones open in their new wider position. The cartilaginous spreader grafts can be harvested from the dorsal hump that’s been removed or from inside the nose from nasal septal cartilage.
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The spreader grafts are also placed in a sub-perichondrial and sub- periosteal pocket. It’s also important to make sure the tip of the nose balances with the new bridge line. In some patients the tip may need to be narrowed, and other patients, the tip needs to be widened. A conservative cartilage removal is required to narrow the tip, while cartilage-grafting techniques are required to widen it. Rhinoplasty is a very difficult endeavor, so is very important to choose a rhinoplasty specialist based on extensive experience performing osteotomies, spreader grafts, and advanced bone and cartilage work to create a natural appearance. Dr. Portuese performs all of his nasal surgery procedures at the Seattle Rhinoplasty Center, which is a state-of-the-art Medicare certified outpatient surgery center located in Seattle Washington
There are many issues in the nose that can create an asymmetrical appearance to the nose. A nose job procedure, also known as a rhinoplasty can accomplish making the nose look more symmetrical. There are a variety of techniques available to accomplish making the nose look much more symmetrical than it already is. As a surgeon, it is very important to evaluate what is causing the structural asymmetries underneath the skin soft tissue envelope. A closed or open rhinoplasty procedure can address mild, moderate, or significant asymmetries. With a closed rhinoplasty approach, all incisions are placed on the inside of the nose and dissolvable sutures fall out in about a week. If the nasal bones themselves are asymmetric and crooked, medial and lateral osteotomies of them are required with an osteotome to set them straight and parallel. If the upper lateral cartilages are convex or concave, they need to be adjusted as well. A convex upper lateral cartilage can be shaved down. A concave upper lateral cartilage will make the nose looked twisted in the mid-portion of the nose, and this is corrected with a spreader graft placement. The nasal tip cartilages are often asymmetric and they need to be adjusted as well. The mild asymmetry is adjusted with shaving down a thick lower lateral cartilage of the nasal tip, while a cartilage graft is placed on the thinner nasal tip cartilage on the opposite side. When significant asymmetry exists in the nasal tip cartilages, a full delivery with suture techniques is required to make the lower lateral cartilages of the tip look symmetrical. Asymmetrical nostrils can also be adjusted with an alar-plasty, and a columellar-plasty. A deviated caudal septum can cause the columella to be twisted as well. Dr. William A. Portuese is the medical director and founder of the Seattle Rhinoplasty Center, a Medicare certified, Washington state licensed, outpatient surgery center located in Seattle Washington.