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Year: 2010  Vol. 14   Num. 2  - Apr/June
DOI: 10.7162/S1809-48722010000200009
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Nasal Base Narrowing of the Caucasian Nose Through the Cerclage Technique
Estreitamento da Base Nasal no Nariz Caucasiano atravs da Tcnica de Cerclagem
Marcos Mocellin1, Rogerio Pasinato2, Cezar Augusto Sarraff Berger3, Caio Mrcio Correia Soares4, Arthur Grinfeld5, Marina Serrato Coelho Fagundes6.
Key words:
rhinoplasty, suture techniques, vestibuloplasty.

Introduction: Several techniques can be performed to reduce the nasal base (narrowing), as skin resection vestibular columellar skin resection, resection of skin in elliptical lip narinary, sloughing of skin and advancements (VY technique of Bernstein) and the use of cerclage sutures in the nasal base. Objective: To evaluate the technique of cerclage performed in the nasal base, through endonasal rhinoplasty without delivery of basic technique, in the Caucasian nose, reducing the distance inter-alar flare and correcting the wing with consequent improvement in nasal harmony in the whole face. Methods: A retrospective analysis by analysis of clinical documents and photos of 43 patients in whom cerclage was made of the nasal base by resecting skin ellipse in the region of the vestibule and the nasal base (modified technique of Weir) using colorless mononylon 4 "0" with a straight cutting needle. The study was conducted in 2008 and 2009 at Hospital of Paran Institute of Otolaryngology - IPO in Curitiba, Parana - Brazil. Patients had a follow up ranging 7-12 months. Results: In 100% of cases was achieved an improvement in nasal harmony, by decreasing the inter-alar distance. Conclusion: The encircling with minimal resection of vestibular skin and the nasal base is an effective method for the narrowing of the nasal base in the Caucasian nose, with predictable results and easy to perform.


When performing a rhinoplasty various aesthetic parameters should be considered in addition to the features of the back and the definition of the nasal tip, a key point is the management of the nasal base (1-6) that includes the region of infratip (lobe), the luminous triangle Converse (facets), the lower lateral cartilages, narinrios holes, the distance inter-alar, alar flare and the columella (Figure 1). Several papers mention different techniques to narrow the nasal base in the mestizo nose and african descent, (1-8) to mention but a few Caucasian nose. The enlargement of the nasal base after the surgery reductional the Caucasian nose and the permanence of the inter-alar distance greater than the inter-canthal distance (Figure 2), can be harmonized with the resection of the ellipse of skin and lip narinrio posterior technique suture cerclage (3).

The aim of this study and describe the surgical narrowing of the nasal base, using the technique of Weir (10) modified the technique of cerclage suture for reduction of inter-alar distance and consequent better harmony of the whole Caucasian nose, facial aesthetic . Assess the results of the technique through the satisfaction of the surgeon and patient and through the incidence of postoperative complications.


We evaluated the photos and charts of 43 patients with Caucasian nose, 42% (N = 18) male and 58% (N = 25) female, aged 16-52 years, mean 34 years, underwent rhinoplasty in need of narrowing of the nasal base, consecutively, from January 2008 to August 2009, the Hospital Paranaense of Otolaryngology - IPO, in Curitiba, Paran - Brazil.

All patients underwent rhinoplasty classic Converse-Diamond (11,12) under sedation and local anesthesia (xylocaine with epinephrine 1:100,000).

This technique is divided into six steps:

1. Intercartilaginous bilateral incision and detachment of the soft tissue structure with osteocartilaginous transfixation septocolumelar.

2. Separation of the upper lateral cartilage junction of the nasal septum, septoplasty with or without surgery of the turbinates and reduction of septal cartilage and upper lateral.

3. Surgery of the nasal tip with maneuver of La Garde and possible resection of the cephalic edge of the lower lateral cartilage (CLI) when necessary (McIndoe procedure).

4. Reduction hump bone chips using cutting-type Maury Parkes.

5. Osteotomies side by pecking, performed with an osteotome Converse 3 mm in mm in women and 4 men. Fracture and digital compression.

6. Septocolumelar suture the incision and intercartilaginous.

The narrowing of the distance inter-alar resection is performed through the skin and subcutaneous tissue of the vestibular floor and base of the nostril (Figure 3) previously marked with the use of compass Kaliper (Figure 4) and infiltration with a solution of xylocaine and adrenaline 1:100,000.

The suture in Cerclage should be performed as the last procedure.

Surgical technique (Schematic illustration):

Steps to construct the Cerclage Technique:

1. At surgery, mark the area of the vestibule and the edge narinrio to be resected with methylene blue or gentian violet, measuring symmetrically with the aid of compass Kaliper (Figure 11).

2. Proceed to infiltration with 5ml syringe needle containing insulin xylocaine and 1:100,000 epinephrine (Figure 12).

3. Perform bevel incision in the area pre-selected (Figure 13).

4. Run through the mononylon 4.0 colorless, laterally to the medial contralateral nostril, the raw area resected (Figure 14).

5. Run through the wire to the nose through the contralateral incision.

6. Return the needle to the nose which started in the point, realizing the tightness of the suture gradually.


The suture cerclage was performed in 43 patients via the endonasal rhinoplasty without delivery of basic technique and correction of the nasal base with the technique of modified Weir.The surgeries were performed from January 2008 to August 2009. In 100% of the cases reached a narrowing of the nasal base with satisfactory results for the patient and surgeon. There was no case of complication (stenosis, retraction, a sign of "Q", infection, hypertrophic scar) (13).

This study was approved by the institutional ethics committee (protocol number 005/2009).

Case I - female patient, 23 years, skin intermediate, pre-and postoperative 9 months (Figures 15 and 16).

Case II - female patient, 17 years, thin skin, pre-and post-operatively (Figures 17 and 18).

Case III - A male patient, 20 years, thick skin, pre-and postoperative 12 months

Figure 1. Aesthetic basis points (5.6).
1 - Infratip (lobe)
2 - Triangle light Converse (facets)
3 - lower lateral cartilages
4 - Openings narinrios
5 - Distance inter-alar
6 - Alar flare
7 - Columella

Figure 2. Inter-alar distance (9). Value of inter-canthal distance with the distance inter-alar.

Figure 3. Technical Weir changed.

Figure 4. Dial with compass.

Figure 5. Resection of the skin of the vestibule and narinrio ridge above the nasolabial groove.

Figure 6. With needle straight and colorless mononylon 4-0, the procedure is the introduction of the needle on the rim side to the contralateral medial edge.

Figures 7 and 8. Returns in reverse, ie the lateral edge to the medial edge.

Figures 7 and 8. Returns in reverse, ie the lateral edge to the medial edge

Figure 9. The suture is performed in both senses, ie from right to left and left to right.

Figure 10. Finally, close to the skin with mononylon 5.0.
Note: The sequence is repeated in the contralateral nostril, as described by Gruber (3), 2009.

Figure 11. Step 1.

Figure 12. Step 2.

Figure 13. Step 3.

Figure 14. Step 4.

Figure 15. Pre operative view basis.

Figure 16. Post-operative view of the base.

Figure 17. Pre operative view basis.

Figure 18. Post-operative view of the base.

Figure 19. Pre operative view basis.

Figure 20. Post-operative view of the base.


Holding sutures with smaller resections of skin and cartilage in rhinoplasty is a global trend. The assessment of nasal aesthetic points including the nasal base is part of the success of rhinoplasty (1-9). The smaller the resection of skin and non-intervention in the vestibule, the less chance of complications (7). The detachment of the skin and musculature of the region of the premaxilla can be accomplished (3). The authors did not perform this detachment in this study.

The end result of the suture is mainly influenced by such factors as the presence of very broad nasal base, the intrinsic strength of the lower lateral cartilage, the degree of tightness of the point, the tensile strength of the wire and the limitation imposed by the soft tissues (ligaments, tissue subcutaneous and skin) (14).

Skin thickness is a determining factor in the effectiveness of the suture. In patients with thin skin and subcutaneous tissue scarce, as in the Caucasian nose, the results are more expressive. In patients with very thick skin and excess subcutaneous tissue, the suture can become less effective and should be performed to decrease the inter-alar distance by other means (2,3,6).

According to the authors, the technique of cerclage of the nasal base has details which must be observed:

1. Take the projection of the columella base;

2. Do not apply for correction of asymmetric nostrils;

3. Must be undertaken on a bilateral basis, avoiding holes narinrios asymmetrical;

4. Approach is made by subcutaneous cerclage;

5. The result is not suitable in very large nasal base.

The suture can be performed with absorbable sutures long-term or wired nonabsorbable (7.8), considering the tensile strength and degree of reabsorption of each wire. In all cases we used nonabsorbable sutures (mononylon 4.0 colorless) with no cases of extrusion or other complications described in literature (abscess, wire extrusion, asymmetry of the nostril.) Resection of the vestibule and the skin edges are fundamental narinrio when combined with cerclage, because as mentioned by some authors, only the cerclage to the narrowing of the nasal base in the long term results are not very significant (2). On the nose with very wide base, this technique can leave the nostrils very round with undesirable cosmetic result in these cases other techniques are more suitable.


The suture cerclage in combination with resection of vestibular skin and the edge narinrio (technique modified Weir) is an effective method to decrease nasal base (alar flare). This technique has been described in the literature with emphasis on the nose and mestizo african descent. This study also showed the wide applicability in the Caucasian nose.

It is easy to perform a suture, predictable, controlled and extremely useful in the armamentarium of the surgeon for surgery of the nasal base.


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1 Doctor. Head of the Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital de Clinicas, UFPR.
2 Master. Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Federal University of Parana (UFPR).
3 ENT. Otorhinolaryngologist Advisor Program Fellowship in Facial Plastic Paran Institute of Otorhinolaryngology (IPO).
4 ENT. Otolaryngologist, Department of Otolaryngology, Federal University of Parana (UFPR).
5 Otolaryngologist and Facial Plastic Surgery.
6 Medical Resident in Otorhinolaryngology, HC-UFPR.

Institution: Hospital Institute of Otolaryngology Paranaense (IPO). Curitiba / PR - Brazil. Correspondence to: Cezar Augusto Sarraff Berger - Avenida Argentina 2069 - Bairro: gua Verde - Curitiba / PR - Brazil - Zip code: 80620-010 - Telephone: (+55 41) 3314-1503 - Website: www.ipo.com.br

Article received in February 23, 2010. Article accepted in April 21, 2010.



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