Columellar Strut Beverly Hills
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A columellar strut is a piece of cartilage that is placed between the lower nasal cartilages to support the nasal tip. Simply performing an open rhinoplasty can cause some weakening of the nasal tip support, and so we place a columellar strut during many of our rhinoplasties. A columellar strut can also be used to lengthen the nose, or increase nasal projection.
Columellar struts can be carved from septal or rib cartilage. Ear cartilage is usually too weak to create a good columellar strut, but can be effective if strengthened with PDS plate. In ethnic rhinoplasty, a columellar strut is a useful technique to help create better tip definition. ?
This is a piece of septal cartilage that was harvested during septoplasty. It has been shaped into a columellar strut measuring approximately 3 cm long.
The columellar strut has been placed between the two lower nasal cartilages to help support and project the nasal tip.
The columellar strut is being sutured in place.
Watch a Video of a Columellar Strut Placement
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