Nasal base retraction results from cephalic malposition of the alar base in the vertical plane causing disharmonies in the alar base. In literature, there are some excisional procedures to correct this deformity, but it may result to nostril distortion, stenosis, or upper lip elevation. Here, a new technique is reported for the correction of nasal base retraction in crooked nose by manipulating the levator labii alaeque nasi muscle.
Sixteen patients, 6 women and 10 men ranging in age from 21 to 42 years, who have alar retraction with crooked nose, were operated, with a follow-up period of 12 months. Preoperative and postoperative frontal, profile, base, and oblique base views in a standard manner were taken and analyzed with Image software.
Comparison of preoperative and postoperative photographs demonstrated that nasal base retractions were corrected in all cases without distortion and recurrence. Nasal obstruction was reduced after surgery, and self-evaluation of nasal patency scores significantly increased in all patients (P < 0.001). Functional and aesthetic outcomes were satisfactory for surgeons and the patients.
Careful analysis to identify the deformity and proper selection of the technique will ensure a pleasing outcome. The new techniques presented for the correction of nasal base retraction and prevention of the recurrence of the dorsal deviation will help rhinoplasty surgeons obtain pleasing outcomes.