A pinched nose is most commonly associated with previous nose job surgery where excessive amounts of cartilage where removed from the tip of the nose. The nasal tip looses it’s structural support and collapses, leading to a pinched appearance. This problem is less commonly noted in patients with genetically weak nasal tip cartilages. A pinched nose impedes airflow through the nostrils and causes nasal obstruction
Open or closed rhinoplasty can be used, depending on the location of the pinched appearance and the procedures performed.
- To widen the bridge, cartilage grafts (known as spreader grafts) can be placed to open the middle vault of the nose, to improve the appearance and breathing function.
- For a pinched tip, cartilage grafts (known as alar strut grafts) can support the tip and resolve the pinched appearance.