Is Membranous Septum Cartilage or Soft Tissue?

is membranous septum cartilage or soft tissue ? Thank you

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Membranous septum is tissue

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Membranous septum is skin in the columella.  Often it is trimmed back to reduce columella show.


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What is the membranous septum?

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The septum is the wall dividing the nose into two nasal channels. At the very back, the septum is made of bone. About half way towards the nostrils it changes to cartilage. Between the end of the septum and the cartilage struts (called the medial curae) which make up the columella (the fleshy part below the nose and between the nostrils) there is a short segment called the membranous septum. It is called this because it is made up of the two intranasal membranes aposing eachother.

Oakley Smith, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Is Membranous Septum Cartilage or Soft Tissue?

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 The membranous, portion of the nasal septum, is comprised of soft tissue without cartilage.  Hope this helps.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Anatomy of the septum

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The area referred to as the membranous septum contains only soft tissue and no cartilage.  It is considered one of the minor tip support mechanisms, and disrupting it can cause some de-projection of the tip.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty, septoplasty

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The septum usually is part bone and part cartilage.

The front part of the septum is made of cartilage and the back half of the septum is made of different thin bones.

tissue call mucoperichondrium or mucoperiosteum which is made of tissue call mucosa and covering called perochondrium that tightly adheres to the cartilage and periosteum that tightly adhers to the bone.

If a septoplasty is done, then only the mucoperichondrum and mucoperiosteum are left except for some support for the nose. 

The most front of the nose can sometimes be referred to as the membranous septum which only has soft tissue and no cartilage. This is a very small area in front of the cartilagenous portion of the septum.

 

Hope this helps.

good luck

Shashidhar Kusuma, MD
Plantation Plastic Surgeon

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