What is Nose Tip Rhinoplasty?
Your nasal tip is the focal point of your face and, hence, can impact the overall balance and symmetry of your facial proportions.
If the shape of your nose tip is your primary concern when it comes to the appearance of your nose, there may be a less invasive surgical alternative to a Full Rhinoplasty.
A Nose Tip Rhinoplasty can make some aesthetic improvements to your nasal tip using less invasive surgery techniques. These refinements will essentially enhance your nasal proportions to achieve a more balanced appearance. Find out more about this procedure, and whether you may be a good candidate below.
How does a nose tip procedure differ from a normal Rhinoplasty?
Nose Tip Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure which specifically aims to create a symmetrical nasal tip with the right projection, rotation and proportion to other parts of the nose. Leaving the bone structure of the nose intact, in a Tip Rhinoplasty, a Plastic Surgeon reshapes or removes excess cartilage from the nose tip. Your chosen Surgeon may then refine or lift your nose tip and/or refine your nostrils.
This type of nose reshaping procedure can be as effective as a normal Rhinoplasty if the patient is a good candidate, and when other parts of the nose are satisfactory in appearance and will not be impacted by the nose tip changes.
Nose Tip surgery is considered to be a less invasive nose reshaping method when compared to a Full Rhinoplasty due to:
- The procedure typically will not take as long to perform as a Full Rhinoplasty.
- Therefore, you will be under anaesthetic for a shorter time.
- You will generally experience shorter healing and recovery times, especially if you follow recommended post-op icing protocols.
With that being said, a Tip Rhinoplasty is still considered a significant surgical procedure and will typically be performed using general Anaesthesia. However, you can expect to experience considerably less downtime than a traditional Full Rhinoplasty which involves the reshaping of numerous bones and cartilage.
A Nose Tip procedure still involves risks, like with any serious surgery, and you are likely to experience some swelling and bruising post-surgery.
Questions to consider before having Nose Tip Surgery
- Have you been thinking about getting a “nose job or rhinoplasty” for as long as you can remember?
- Are you self-conscious about your hooked, crooked or bulbous nose?
- Do your nostrils flare slightly, making your nose look wide?
- Is your nose or your nostrils notably asymmetrical, which leaves your whole face looking a bit off-balance?
If you answered YES to the above questions, you may be a good candidate for a Tip Rhinoplasty surgery.
However, if you also answer YES to the following questions, you may require a more complex Full Rhinoplasty procedure:
- Do you find you have sleep apnea or trouble breathing easily?
- Does your nose have a bump on it well above the tip area?
- Is your nose crooked from tip to bridge?
- Have you been diagnosed as having a deviated septum or nose-related snoring?
So, am I a good candidate for Nose Tip Surgery?
Not everyone is a good candidate for Nose Tip Surgery, with this type of procedure only suitable for a small percentage of patients. More often than not, people will require a more complex nose surgery that can refine the structure, shape, size or length of the entire nose.
With that being said, the best candidates for successful tip rhinoplasty often:
- have facial anatomy deemed suitable for nose surgery or tip refinement.
- are adults or ‘fully grown’.
- do not smoke.
- have nose appearance concerns that are confined to only the nose tip area only.
- are in good physical health.
- have clear, realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve.
- are self-conscious about the appearance of their nose tip only.
To be a good candidate for any Rhinoplasty, you must also hold realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve.
Realistic expectations are paramount and this means you’ll want to discover what potential changes will do to your overall appearance. It’s not always easy to visualise these changes, but there is some imaging and photography modification that can help.
We offer 3D imaging using photography modifications or Crisolix and Vectra technology to help you understand what a change to your nose tip might look like after surgery. However, it’s important to note that these are not 100% accurate and many factors may influence your results.
Nose Tip Rhinoplasty Before and After Photos
Proven experience and examples from real patients or recommendations from your friends, family, or GP are available.
Does nose tip surgery have fewer risks than full Rhinoplasty?
Perhaps, but not always. A Nose Tip procedure is slightly less invasive than a full bridge rhinoplasty, as it may not include:
- Septoplasty (a procedure to correct a deviated septum).
- Open techniques (surgical approach involving an incision in the columella between the nostrils and additional incisions inside the nose).
- Bridge adjustments.
Your nose is a crucial organ involved in numerous body processes, including breathing, immunity responses and olfactory functions. That is why it is imperative that you seek an expert surgeon when exploring your nose top surgery options.
Recovery time for Nose Tip Surgery
IS RECOVERY TIME FOR A NOSE TIP SURGERY QUICKER THAN WITH A FULL RHINOPLASTY?
Because Tip Rhinoplasty involves reshaping only cartilage and none of the underlying bones, surgery time is typically shorter than a Full Rhinoplasty. Bruising and swelling will often occur with any Rhinoplasty, but is comparatively minimal for some patients with a nose tip refinement surgery versus a traditional rhinoplasty, which involves more extensive downtime and healing time.
The changes after healing from a nose tip surgery are often subtle, but you won’t risk looking “overdone” or drastically different. However, because swelling of the nose resolves slowly, including in the nasal tip, it can take up to 6 months to a year or even longer for all swelling to disappear.
In saying that, with a Tip Rhinoplasty, you can typically return to work after approximately 1-2 weeks. This can, however, vary depending on your particular procedure.
You can aid healing during recovery by:
- Limiting salt intake.
- Keeping your head elevated.
- Using ice compresses.
- Taking any prescribed antibiotics.
- Following your Surgeon’s post-op instructions and icing methods.
What can a Nose Tip Surgery achieve?
Nose Tip Surgery requires a highly skilled surgical approach
Surgical corrections that Tip Rhinoplasty can achieve include:
- Lifting of a drooping nose tip
- Sculpting of a bulbous or wide tip
- Rebalancing of nostrils
- Nostril flare reduction
- Revision of a previous rhinoplasty
- Straightening of an undesirable curve
We recommend consulting with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who can give you honest advice about what can and cannot be achieved through tip-only rhinoplasty procedures.
Choosing the Best Nose Tip Surgeon in Sydney or Melbourne
When choosing the right plastic surgeon for Nose Tip Rhinoplasty, the patient should always keep in mind that the experience, training, and credentials have greater importance than the price tag. Special deals, fixed prices, and big discounts should raise a red flag. Usually, those kinds of procedures lead to another disappointing result and in the end line cost more and produce more stress, pain, take more time, and discomfort than one procedure conducted by the professional and experienced surgeon.
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist). Dr Stephen Kleid consults in three Melbourne practice locations here at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Hawthorn East, St Kilda East and East Melbourne. Dr Kleid has a passion for nose surgery.
Dr Richard Sackelariou is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Nose Expert operating in Melbourne and Sydney
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Always Choose a qualified, experienced Expert in Tip Rhinoplasty
Be sure to find out if your surgeon is FRACS qualified and has proven and relevant surgical experience.
Don’t choose someone who studied a different area of medicine as they are unlikely to have the same rigorous surgical training required to become recognized as a Specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Coco Ruby is an Australia-wide Specialist Plastic Surgeons Group, with the appropriate qualifications and members of recognized associations. Look for members of FRACS, ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS as some of the Qualifications of your Surgeon. Our Surgeons operate in an accredited hospital, not in the back-room of a clinic.
The Next Steps – What to do Next
- Visit the FAQs pages and read patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or call on 1300 264 811 to arrange your consultation with your surgeon
- A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.