Middle-vault narrowing in the wide nasal dorsum: the "Reverse Spreader" technique.

Stephen Prendiville*, Marc S. Zimbler, Mimi S. Kokoska, J. Regan Thomas

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The middle vault is a transition zone between the nasal tip and nasal bones and plays an important role in profile, tip projection, tip rotation, and tip support. This report presents an alternative to conventional techniques specific to the middle nasal vault for a patient population with particular nasal features. A narrow middle vault with internal nasal valve collapse is functionally and aesthetically addressed by the insertion of spreader grafts. However, the inverse of this situation is sometimes encountered. A patient with a broad middle vault and without internal nasal valve collapse will benefit from reduction of the horizontal width of the cartilaginous dorsum, which is in effect the reverse of spreader grafts. This effect is achieved by excising a vertical wedge-shaped strip of cartilage that follows the length of the upper lateral cartilage at the junction of the upper lateral cartilage and the dorsal nasal septum.

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  • Surgery


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