Can A LeFort I Osteotomy Shorten The Nose?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had a question about Le Fort I Osteotomy. From what I saw online the procedure is able to raise the nasal spine of the maxilla. Would this then shorten the vertical height of the nose by raising the base of the nose? The issue that I have is that my nose is vertically long but the tip is not the issue so a rotation would not work. As such I was wondering if the osteotomy would raise the base of the nose to shorten it. It not is there other procedures that could do so. My goal would be to have the vertical height be shortened by 3-4 mm. Thank you for your time.

A:You can’t shorten a nose by altering his skeletal base. That will not change the large overlying nasal skin envelope.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon