Lateral Crural Strut Grafts Beverly Hills
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The shape of the nose from below, looking directly at the nostrils, should be a triangle with straight edges. If the nostrils bulge outward, or collapse inward, the nose will be unattractive. Inward-collapsing nostrils cause external nasal valve obstruction, which will make it hard to breathe through the nose.
Lateral crural strut grafts are cartilage grafts that are placed to straighten and/or strengthen the nostril. They are placed through small incisions inside the nose, and can be placed during a closed or open rhinoplasty. Typically, they are positioned between the internal lining of the nose and the lower nasal cartilages, which helps maintain a smooth nasal skin contour. These grafts need to be quite strong, so are usually made from the more rigid septal or rib cartilage.
The left photo is a picture of normal lower nasal cartilages. The right picture shows abnormal lower nasal cartilages that are severely collapsed inward, which was causing nasal airway obstruction.
In this picture, a lateral crural strut graft is being placed under a collapsed lower nasal cartilage. The lateral crural strut graft will straighten the lower nasal cartilage, thereby making the nose more attractive and also improving nasal breathing.
This is a picture after lateral crural strut grafts have been placed on both sides of the nose.