BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:
Hump reduction in the presence of short nasal bones can result in significant esthetic and/or functional problems in patients seeking rhinoplasty in the Middle East. The aims of this study were to determine the mean length of nasal bones, amount of nasal dorsum it forms in relation to the whole nose, and incidence of short nasal bones in the Middle Eastern population.
DESIGN AND SETTINGS:
A prospective study that has been carried out in a tertiary care hospital.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
A total of 154 patients (80 females and 74 males) who were scheduled for computed tomography scan for the paranasal sinuses were included in the study. The inclusion criteria were adults with no history of facial/nasal trauma, sinus space occupying lesions, or surgery.
In males, the mean clinical nasal bone length was 19.59 mm and the mean radiological nasal bone length was 24.96 mm. In females, the mean clinical nasal bone length was 18.17 mm and the mean radiological bone length was 22.82 mm.
The bony vault represents 44.2% of the female nose and 44.3% of the male nose. In the present study, no patients displayed a short nasal bone that was less than one-third of the whole nasal length.