Center for Minimally-invasive Surgery of the Nose, the Sinuses and the anterior Skull Base

Exterior of Nose

The exterior part of the nosecontributes greatly to the facial appearance. It consists of superior bony structures (nasal bones) as well as inferior cartilage (Fig. 1). Multiple complex pieces of free cartilage form the tip of the nose and shape the nostrils.

Fig. 1 – Side view of exterior of nose. The cartilaginous (upper left) and bony (upper right) components determine the shape of the nose.
Courtesy of Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart R. Probst / G. Grevers / H. Iro Basic Otorhinolaryngology 2006