Upper lateral cartilages

The upper paired cartilages. There are two of these in each nose. They are one of two pairs of nasal cartilages in the nose. The other paired cartilages are the lower lateral cartilages. Lateral refers to being on each side of the nose. They are attached superiorly to the nasal bones. Inferiorly, their articulate (interconnected with connective tissue) to the lower lateral cartilages, which are paired as well. The upper lateral cartilages have a lot of effect on breathing. They must be carefully managed during rhinoplasty both for form and shape. If they are not addressed, there may be an undesirable cosmetic or functional outcome.

The arrows show the two paired Upper Lateral Cartilages.