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Ann Plast Surg. 2010 Jan;64(1):47-51. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31819ae02d.

Asymmetric facial growth and deviated nose: a new concept.

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Department of Plastic Surgery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, St. Fatima Hospital, Tehran, Iran.


Deviated nose correction is difficult and constitutes a very different issue from septal deviation. When correcting this deformity, traces of asymmetry can be detected. The authors demonstrate facial asymmetry accompanying deviated noses, and such asymmetry is usually ignored by surgeons who typically concentrate only on nose deformities.A total of 5822 pre- and postrhinoplasty photographs related to 547 women and 124 men were reviewed. Out of the total population, the following 3 groups were selected: group A, gross nose and face asymmetry; group B, nose asymmetry with no facial deformity; group C, facial asymmetry with straight nose. Different measurements were applied to the selected photos, presented in . These included measurement from the lateral canthi to the lateral mouth corners (D1) and from the midface to each most lateral part of the zygomatic arch (D2). Measurements from one side were compared with those from the contralateral side to identify true anatomic differences, as presented in .(Table is included in full-text article.)(Figure is included in full-text article.)There was a significant difference in the nose and face deformity group, as evidenced by a meaningful difference in both the D1 and D2 measurements.We report a significant growth retardation of the midface and orbit on the concave side of the nose. This impediment may serve as the etiology for many asymmetries of the face and nose.

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