Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 111-115

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Anatomy of the Median Part of the Septum Depressor Muscle in Aesthetic Surgery

  • Ewaldo Bolivar  De Souza PintoAffiliated withSão Paulo, Brazil
  • , Rogério Porto  Da RochaAffiliated withSão Paulo, Brazil
  • , Wail Queiroz  FilhoAffiliated withSão Paulo, Brazil
  • , Ercole Spada  NetoAffiliated withSão Paulo, Brazil
  • , Karla Giusti  ZachariasAffiliated withSão Paulo, Brazil
  • , Érica A.  AmâncioAffiliated withSão Paulo, Brazil
  • , Alexandre  Braz de CamargoAffiliated withSão Paulo, Brazil

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When a person smiles and talks, everyone in his or her own specific way, it can be noticed that the tip of the nose drops and the upper lip shortens, making the nasolabial angle more acute. The importance of the upper lip in the dynamics of the nose makes necessary a more detailed study of the morphology and anatomical relations of the median part of the nasal septum depressor muscle, contributing in this way to new techniques in plastic surgery. The authors proposed to study the anatomy of the nasal septum depressor muscle and its relationship with the dermocartilaginous ligament of Pitanguy and the upper lip, important components of the nasal dynamics of facial expression. In this way they seek to contribute to the treatment of the nasal tip in aesthetic rhinoplasties.

Key words: Anatomy of the nose—Septum depressor muscle—Ligament of Pitanguy—Aesthetic surgery