Supratip-Plasty: A Completely Cartilaginous Tip Complex to Maintain Nasal Tip Width.

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Ronald P. Gruber Edwin Kwon Aaron Berger Kyle A. Belek

Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 34, Issue 1, 1 January 2014, Pages 34–44


Following primary rhinoplasty, the nasal tip may become wider on front view, possibly due to splaying of the lateral crura.


The authors describe a technique, the “supratip-plasty,” to create an all-cartilaginous supratip that resists splaying and postoperative broadening of the nasal tip complex.


Thirteen consecutive primary rhinoplasty patients (10 women; 3 men) with broad nasal tips received a supratip-plasty (which preserved the cephalic part of the lateral crus, reducing it in size and securing it to the dorsal septum, resulting in a completely cartilaginous tip framework) and were followed for 11 to 17 months. Since the frontal tip width (TW) is relative to the frontal nasal base width (NBW), the TW/NBW ratio was contrasted to that of 19 unoperated aesthetically pleasing nasal tips.


Of the 13 cases, all but 1 were considered to have a good result. The preoperative mean TW/NBW ratio was 0.68. The postoperative mean was 0.53, compared with 0.48 in the unoperated aesthetic tip group. No tip revisions were necessary; however, 2 patients did require revisionary surgery for nontip problems.


Preserving a cephalic island of lateral crus, trimming it to fit the new supratip contour following suture tip-plasty, and securing it to the septum provides a completely cartilaginous nasal tip framework that tends not to widen postoperatively.

Level of Evidence: 4