Background: Decreasing nasal tip projection is occasionally required in rhinoplasty and requires a working knowledge of nasal support and function. Equally important is an understanding of the evolution to a more conservative and incremental approach when decreasing nasal tip projection. Such a conservative approach reserves the most aggressive and precarious maneuvers to be used only when absolutely required.
Methods: The authors review the history and evolution of techniques regarding decrease in nasal tip projection. Anatomy of the nasal tip with focus on tip support structures is reviewed. Distinguishing between pseudo-overprojection and true overprojection of the nasal tip is discussed. Methods of diagnosing nasal tip projection are reviewed and a suggested surgical approach is presented.
Results: Reduction of nasal tip projection requires a thorough knowledge of relevant anatomy and tissue interplay. Although a variety of techniques and algorithms exist in addition to those recommended in this article, the goal should be an incremental approach with constant reassessment. Tip truncation is rarely if ever indicated and is often associated with eventual contour deformity.
Conclusion: The described approach in this article has been proven reliable for the vast majority of patients undergoing rhinoplasty with the overprojected nose.