Is It Possible To Lower The Base Of The Nose? (aka Vertical Nasal Lengthening)

Q: Dr. Eppley, Is it possible for the nose to be vertically lengthened, giving a philtrum – shortening effect similar to a lip lift?

A: Your question is really whether a ‘reverse lift lift’ can be done where the nasal base moves downward instead of the upper lip moving up with a subnasal base tissue excision. In general no as the nose is a more fixed structure while the upper lip is not and is very mobile. With the one caveat that the base of the nostrils and the base of the columella can be moved downward a few millimeters…the operative term a ‘few millimeters’ being the key phrase.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana