Rhinoplasty is a field with monikers that seem to describe and offend at the same time, such as pollybeak deformity and inverted V deformity. A new name is added to the list dubbed the “long nostril patient”. This term was described by Dr. Anil Shah and coauthors in regards to a specific situation seen in rhinoplasty in a recent scientific paper was published in JAMA Facial Plastic surgery. This description compares the length of nostril in relationship to the overall projection of the nose. Patients with “long nostrils” were found to have longer than ideal lower lateral cartilages (tip cartilage). Dr. Shah and coauthors found that reduction in true length of nostril could be achieved by actually reducing the true length of the lower lateral cartilage.
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