The Nose Anatomy Impact on Surgery


The anatomy of the nose plays a role in the complexity of nose surgery. The nose is comprised more components than most any other feature of the body. Plastic surgeons examine the every aspect of the nose to identify the appropriate treatment plan for people interested in nose surgery. Understanding the anatomy of the nose helps to optimize surgery results and reduces the risk of dissatisfaction and complications following nose surgery.

The upper cartilages frame the appearance of the nose. The lower cartilages have an impact on the shape of the nasal tip and nostril width. Plastic surgeons take special care to treat the precise cartilages necessary to achieve a satisfactory result.

The septum provides the midline structure to display symmetry or asymmetry between the sides of the nose. The nasal septum is comprised of quadrangular cartilage and the ethmoid plate of the nose. The deviated septum must be delicately repositioned into place.

Nasal skin is equipped with fibrous tissue, muscles and blood vessels. Plastic surgeons must take precautions to treat the appropriate tissue planes during surgery to reduce the risk of excessive scarring.

The anatomy of the nose may limit the surgeon’s ability to alter the aesthetic appearance of the nose in some ways that you may desire. For example, the two nasal bones that sit on either side of the nose are joined by cribriform plates are not treated in aesthetic nose surgery. Cribriform plates form a portion of the nasal cavity, contain ethmoidal nerve cells and assist in the sense of smell. The nasal bone is responsible for part of the shape of the cranial floor, eye sockets and nasal cavity. There is another plate that runs downward in the middle of the cribriform plates which helps to shape the nasal septum, but may not be …