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Ann Chir Plast Esthet. 1992 Oct;37(5):498-509.

[Mini-forum: rhinoplasty by external approach. External or endonasal approach for rhinoplasty?].

[Article in French]


There appears to be a renewed interests in the external approach to rhinoplasty, first described 60 years ago, despite the external columellar incision, due to the excellent exposure of the cartilaginous structures provided by this approach. Progress has been made in rhinoplasty. Cartilage grafts are much more widely used than in the past and surgeons try to reconstruct a normal anatomy of the skeleton, which has become easier with this approach. However, the closed approach has demonstrated its efficacy for a long time and allows correction of a large range of deformities. The open rhinoplasty should not be the standard procedure and its indications should only be based on limitations of the closed approach. The external procedure is particularly indicated in some difficult cases of nasal tip surgery and secondary rhinoplasty.

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