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Hanging Columella Rhinoplasty

A hanging columella occurs when the columella, i.e. skin and cartilage located below the nasal septum (cartilage that divides the nostrils), protrudes or extends downward. In this instance, a hanging columella can make the nose look disproportionate to the cheeks, chin, and other facial features.

Nose columella rhinoplasty surgery is available to address a hanging columella. When performed by globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, a hanging columella rhinoplasty helps a patient achieve a nose that appears in perfect harmony to the rest of the face.

What Is Columella in the Nose?

Columella in the nose consists of tissue that connects the nasal tip and nasal base. In doing so, the columella helps shape and support the nose.

Generally, the columella is indistinguishable from other nose features. Yet, for people dealing with a hanging columella, the columella becomes noticeable, particularly when they are viewed from the side.

Hanging columella rhinoplasty surgery is used to correct a hanging columella. A columella nose job performed by Dr. Azizzadeh ensures a patient can achieve a nose that appears harmonious in relation to other facial features. Plus, the procedure helps patients improve their facial appearance.

What Causes a Hanging Columella?

A hanging columella usually occurs due to a congenital condition or prior nose surgery or trauma. In any of these scenarios, a hanging columella can often be treated with surgery.

For some individuals, a hanging columella is present at birth. The condition can go unaddressed in childhood, but hanging columella rhinoplasty surgery allows an individual to safely correct the problem as an adult.

Meanwhile, if an individual previously received a rhinoplasty procedure in which an excessive amount of cartilage was resected or retracted from the nose, a hanging columella can form. If this happens, a hanging columella rhinoplasty can be used to address the results of the prior surgery.

If an individual experiences a nose injury, a hanging columella can develop as well. By undergoing a columella nose job, an individual can limit the appearance of a hanging columella, as well as ensure the nose functions properly and complements all other facial features.

Are You a Good Candidate for a Hanging Columella Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Azizzadeh requests a consultation to review an individual’s eligibility for hanging columella rhinoplasty surgery or other facial rejuvenation treatments. At this time, Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates the patient’s columella and alar region of the nose. Dr. Azizzadeh also reviews a patient’s medical history to determine if any prior medical conditions could disqualify him or her from treatment.

If Dr. Azizzadeh believes a patient can benefit from a columella nose job, he starts planning for treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh often intends to reduce the columella and elevate associated cartilage during a hanging columella rhinoplasty. In addition, Dr. Azizzadeh accounts for the shape of the patient’s nostril, nasal tip position, the position of the septum, and other nose and facial features. With his comprehensive approach to hanging columella rhinoplasty, Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patient correct a hanging columella without putting his or her health and safety at risk.

Schedule a Hanging Columella Rhinoplasty Treatment Consultation

Hanging columella rhinoplasty surgery lets an individual address a hanging columella, rejuvenate the facial appearance, and more. By consulting with Dr. Azizzadeh, an individual can find out if a columella nose job is the best treatment option to achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. To schedule a hanging columella treatment consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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