Nasal base symmetry: a three dimensional anthropometric study.

R. Rosati, C. Dellavia, A. Colombo, M. De Menezes, C. Sforza

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AIM: The aim of this paper was to evaluate directional and fluctuating asymmetry, nostril and alar divergence in the nasal base of healthy young adults. To estimate nostril area and to investigate its relationships with cutaneous nasal area. METHODS: Three-dimensional plaster models of the nose of 20 young healthy white adults were obtained, digitized and mathematically reconstructed using Non Uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS) curves. Linear distances (alar length, nostril axis length), angles (interalar angle, interaxial angle; angle between each nostril and alar axes), and surface areas (cutaneous nasal surface; right and left nostril area) were computed using NURBS-reconstructed models. RESULTS: The left side nasal structures were somewhat larger than the homologous right side ones (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-357
Number of pages11
JournalMinerva Stomatologica
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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