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Christopher Hove, MD

Rhinoplasty for the Tip of Your Nose: It Can Make a Difference

A woman's eyes and noseMany people associate rhinoplasty (a facial surgery you may know better as a nose job) with the bridge of the nose, but the surgery can actually address a whole host of issues that affect the overall appearance of different parts of the nose. This includes the side of the nostrils as well as the shape and size of the tip of the nose.

The team here at Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Paoli has been able to help numerous people who want to adjust the appearance of their nose. With this in mind, let's consider having a rhinoplasty performed for just the tip of the nose and what this entails.

Issues Affecting the Tip of the Nose

Sometimes a person may have an issue with the way the tip of their nose looks. It may be rounded or bulbous, or it may not be shaped in a way that the individual finds appealing. In these situations, just a slight revision of the nose could change its character and add a greater sense of distinction to a person's face.

Undergoing rhinoplasty on the tip of the nose can make the nose appear thinner or straighter. The procedure can also add more definition and volume to a thin tip of the nose. Whatever the case may be, the nose will look better overall as a result.

Ideal Candidates for Tip Rhinoplasty

Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty on the tip of the nose are people who feel self-conscious about the way their nose looks. They should be in generally good health and not suffer from conditions that would make surgery on the tip of the nose a potential health risk of any kind.

Patients should have a good understanding of the risks and benefits of the surgery, and be aware of the potential for complications. This basic understanding of the surgery helps provide realistic expectations for patients with regard to the procedure and their needs.

The Tip Rhinoplasty Procedure

There are many different options for adjusting the appearance of the tip of the nose depending on the needs of the patient. Some options are as follows:

  • The Cephalic Trim – This procedure involves removal of just a little bit of the lower lateral cartilage around the tip of the nose. This helps address issues with bulbous appearance.

  • Dome Binding Sutures – This procedure uses sutures to help cinch the cartilage, which helps address wide or bulbous noses.

  • Lower Lateral Crural (LLC) Strut Graft – In this procedure, a cartilage graft is used to help straighten and reshape the existing cartilage in the tip of the nose.

  • Tip Defatting – This procedure will involve trimming the fibrofatty pad of tissue that is located between the skin and the underlying tip cartilage.

  • Combined Surgical Techniques – In certain instances, use of combined techniques noted above may be considered to enhance the appearance of the nose.

During the consultation process, we can discuss which tip surgery option is most ideally suited for you and your needs.

Learn More About Rhinoplasty

If you would like more information about rhinoplasty for the tip of your nose as well as other facial rejuvenation options, be sure to contact our center for facial plastic surgery today. The team at the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is here to help you make smart choices about your facial rejuvenation options.

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I believe that to excel in any career, one has to keep reaching, learning, and sharpening their skills, instead of resting idle on some self-declared title. At the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, we continually strive to bring you the latest advanced techniques and products in the field of facial plastic surgery, both cosmetic and reconstructive.

-Dr. Christopher Hove