The Effect of the Short and Floating Columellar Strut Graft and Septocolumellar Suture on Nasal Tip Projection and Rotation in Primary Open Approach Rhinoplasty

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The maintenance of desired tip projection and rotation is an important goal in rhinoplasty. In this study, the effects of the columellar strut graft and septocolumellar sutures were evaluated in a follow-up period of 1 year.

Patients and Methods

In half of 44 patients, nasal tip was constructed with basic tip maneuvers and two septocolumellar sutures (Group-1, Suture Group), whereas in the remaining 22 patients, a columellar strut graft was added for tip support (Group-2, Suture + Graft Group). Standardized right profile images were taken preoperatively, 1 month postoperatively and 1 year postoperatively. Nasal tip projection was evaluated using Goode’s method. For the evaluation of tip rotation, the nasolabial angle was measured. The results were statistically compared, and a p value lower than 0.05 was considered as significant.


Between the postoperative first month to first year, the loss of tip projection was 3.8% in Group-1 and 3.5% in Group-2 which was statistically insignificant (p value 0.942). The loss of tip rotation was found as 4.6° (4.1%) in Group-1 and 4.6° (4.0%) in Group-2 which was also statistically insignificant (p value 0.979).


Considering the results of the study, in most of the primary cases, two septocolumellar sutures in conjunction with basic tip maneuvers are sufficient for positioning and stabilizing of the nasal tip, and a short and floating columellar strut graft does not have any affect in maintenance of the desired nasal tip rotation and projection.

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Şirinoğlu, H. The Effect of the Short and Floating Columellar Strut Graft and Septocolumellar Suture on Nasal Tip Projection and Rotation in Primary Open Approach Rhinoplasty. Aesth Plast Surg 41, 146–152 (2017) doi:10.1007/s00266-016-0727-5

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  • Columellar strut graft
  • Septocolumellar suture
  • Tip rotation
  • Tip projection
  • Open rhinoplasty