The columella is the piece of skin and cartilage between the nostrils. If this area descends to a greater degree than normal, it is considered a hanging columella, a malformation that can be fixed with corrective rhinoplasty.

Girl looking at cameraA hanging columella, also known as alar-columellar disproportion, is a source of self-esteem issues for many people. Because the columella hangs lower than normal, more of the nostril areas show.

With rhinoplasty surgery, a plastic surgeon is able to correct the proportions of the columella in relation to the rest of the nose, creating a more-natural look. Find out more – speak with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh. Contact our office to arrange an appointment today.