How often do you find yourself scrutinizing your columella – that small strip of flesh between your nostrils? For most people, the answer is not very often. But if you’re considering rhinoplasty, maybe you have examined the tip of your nose, your nostrils, and that little columella. Maybe you know that something’s off there, but you just can’t put your finger on it. That’s where rhinoplasty can help.
Most rhinoplasty surgeons haven’t historically paid that much attention to the columella, focusing mostly on the bones and cartilage that make up the nasal framework. A few of us, however, had a hunch that we could make rhinoplasty procedures and results better for our patients, so we undertook the most comprehensive histologic study to date on the columella. We theorized that a better understanding of the columella could help surgeons improve tip projection, address effects of aging on the nose, and columellar aesthetics and function.
Recently, I co-authored an article, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, documenting our study. In it, my colleagues and I explore the composition of this often overlooked component of the nose. To spare you all the scientific jargon, we brought to light a lot of information that should ultimately improve the process and results of rhinoplasty procedures.
At the Wall Center in Louisiana, we care enough about exceptional outcomes that we continue to engage in both research and procedural innovation. This newly published research has the potential to help doctors around the world enhance their approaches to rhinoplasty surgery. Who knows how many patients will realize a better outcome based on the information that this study produced? This is the kind of stuff that gets us excited at The Wall Center.
If you’re considering aesthetic changes to your nose, make sure that you choose a rhinoplasty surgeon who gets excited about these things, too – even the little things like the columella.