Correction of the pinched nasal tip with alar spreader grafts

J. P. Gunter, R. J. Rohrich

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A pinched nasal tip is caused by collapsed alar rims secondary to weak lateral crura. The resulting deformity can be corrected with alar spreader grafts-autogenous grafts of septal or auricular cartilage that are inserted between and deep to the remaining lateral crura to force them apart, propping up the caved-in segment. We describe the surgical technique, indications, and variations in design of alar spreader grafts and present representative results from our series of 38 patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-829
Number of pages9
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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