Anthropometric measurement and analysis of the external nasal soft tissue in 119 young Han Chinese adults.


A random sample of 119 young, healthy Han Chinese adults (56 men and 63 women) between the age of 18 and 25 years (mean, 22.7 y) in PR China was obtained for this study. By the guidance of standard methods, based on Farkas's anthropometric measurements in craniofacial region, 12 nasal soft tissue landmarks and 12 linear and 3 angular measurements were chosen. The linear measurements were taken directly, whereas the angular measurements were taken by photogrammetric method. Eight nasal proportion indices were calculated according to the linear measurements. The application of the independent-samples t-test showed sex dimorphism in most parameters of the nasal region. All the linear measurements were larger in men than in women, whereas all the angular measurements were smaller in men than in women. The significant differences in partial parameters between men and women have been proved. Ten of 12 linear measurements, 1 of 3 angular measurements, and 3 of 8 nasal proportion indices showed significant sexual dimorphism (P < 0.01). Compared with other racial/ethnic groups, the nasal anthropometric measurements and proportion indices of Han Chinese adults were different, to some extent. This study could provide credible and objective reference material for plastic and maxillofacial surgeons for the external nasal soft tissue evaluation and planning of the cosmetic nasal surgery. Besides, these results could be a useful guidance for preoperative and postoperative evaluations of secondary rhinoplasty in nasal deformity associated with cleft lip and palate.

DOI: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3181ae41cf

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@article{He2009AnthropometricMA, title={Anthropometric measurement and analysis of the external nasal soft tissue in 119 young Han Chinese adults.}, author={Zhi-jing He and Xin-chun Jian and Xiao-shan Wu and Xing Gao and Shang-hui Zhou and Xiao-huan Zhong}, journal={The Journal of craniofacial surgery}, year={2009}, volume={20 5}, pages={1347-51} }