Facial plast Surg 2012; 28(02): 218-224
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1309302
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Correction of the Retracted Alar Base

William D. Losquadro1, Anthony Bared2, Dean M. Toriumi2
  • 1Mount Kisco Medical Group, Katonah, New York
  • 2Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
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06 May 2012 (online)


Alar base retraction is a common yet difficult problem faced by the rhinoplasty surgeon. It may be caused by weakened, overresected lateral crura, vestibular lining deficiencies, or congenital alar malpositioning. Methods of correction include soft tissue manipulation, auricular composite grafting, and cartilage grafting. We present the senior author's graded approach to alar retraction using auricular composite grafting, alar rim grafting, and lateral crural strut graft placement with caudal lateral crural repositioning.