Can distance between upper lip and nose increased because of Rhinoplasty?

this is the description from the OR The caudal edge of the middle and medial crura were shaved in order to correct the hanging columella effect as well as to create an artistic columellar lobular angle. can what happened change my lips appearance ?

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Rhinoplasty and Lip Length

The specific maneuvers of a rhinoplasty will not make the lip drop down lower. But lifting of the tip and correction of a hanging columella can make it appear to look longer as the nose moves upward.

Lip and nose

The distance between the lip and nose should not change. However, with the tip lifted it may appear a bit longer

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Increase in the distance between the upper lip and the nose from a rhinoplasty

 When performing a rhinoplasty for the droopy tip, the tip is lifted  which gives the appearance of a longer upper lip. It  is  also important to release the depressor septi ligament which pulls the tip down when smiling. Reduction of the hanging columella is accomplished with a columella-plasty. This involves removal of excess skin and cartilage and lifting the columella upwards, which also gives the illusion of the longer upper lip. For many examples, please see the link and the video below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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