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Christopher Hove, MD

Rhinoplasty for a Pointy Nose

A woman checking the tip of her nose in a mirrorIf you have a nose that’s pointy, it can be the cause of serious self-consciousness. The nose is such a prominent facial feature, and even minor issues with contour can make a world of difference for your your other features and overall facial symmetry. That’s when a rhinoplasty (nose job) may be ideal.

Dr. Christopher R. Hove has helped countless people in the greater Philadelphia, PA area achieve their cosmetic goals. Let’s talk about what a pointy nose means, and how a cosmetic surgery can make subtle surgical revisions to your appearance.

Characteristics and Causes of a Pointy Nose

When someone has a pointy nose, there are a few things that could be causing this:

  • Elongated Nasal Tip - A long nasal tip can give the nose a pointed appearance. In some cases, the tip hangs low, giving the nose a beak-like look. Other times, the tip extends out in a prominent fashion, altering the overall contour of the nose in the process.
  • Narrow/Pinched Nasal Tip - When the nasal tip is pinched, it means that the tip projects outward as if it was pressed by invisible fingers. This can occur naturally, but it may also be the result of a previous rhinoplasty with less-than-ideal outcomes.

These two issues also tend to cause long, narrow nostrils, which can increase the appearance of pointiness.

Ideal Candidates for Rhinoplasty

Good candidates for rhinoplasty are people who have issues with the appearance of their nose. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical problems that could be exacerbated by a nasal surgery. During the consultation process at our center near Philadelphia, we can assess your situation and determine if you are an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

The procedure to correct a pointy nose can be performed in different ways. There are two general surgical procedures to choose from:

  • Open Rhinoplasty - An open rhinoplasty involves an incision made along the columella, the thin strip of skin separating the nostrils. Through this incision, a surgeon can revise the bridge, tip, and various underlying structures of the nose. This means more control over the final results.
  • Closed Rhinoplasty - A closed rhinoplasty involves incisions made entirely inside of the nostrils. All work is done within these hidden incisions, which can mean limited control over the final results of surgery.

Whatever technique is used, surgeons will attempt to deproject the tip. This process means reshaping the cartilage in the tip of the nose so it is not so pointy. This can be done using sutures or actually removing just a little bit of cartilage from the tip.

The Results of Rhinoplasty

If you have a pointy nose, a rhinoplasty can make all the difference in the world. The procedure subtly improves the shape and contour of your nose, fixing a droopy tip and making a pointy tip much softer and less pinched in appearance. The outcomes are natural looking. Yes, the change is subtle, but it can make a major difference for your overall looks.

Speak with a Skilled Cosmetic Surgeon

If you live in the greater Philadelphia area and would like to learn more about rhinoplasty, be sure to contact the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. You can schedule a consultation by phone at (610) 647-3727.

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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