A Nose Tip Rhinoplasty, also known as a Tip Plasty, is a surgical procedure focused specifically on altering the appearance of the nasal tip. It is a subset of Rhinoplasty, which is a surgical procedure aimed at altering the shape and structure of the nose for cosmetic or functional purposes.
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This complete guide to Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:
- Your surgery explained
- How to assess if you are a suitable candidate.
- Planning for your surgery
- Answers to most frequently asked questions.
- Before and after gallery
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Who is a Suitable Candidate for a Nose Tip Rhinoplasty?
Generally a suitable candidate for Nose Tip Surgery is someone who typically exhibits certain characteristics or concerns related to the nasal tip that they would like to address and who;
- Has concerns about the shape, size, or symmetry of their nasal tip appearance
- Is in good overall physical health
- Has a stable nasal structure, meaning that their nasal growth has typically ceased. This is usually the case for adults, as nasal growth typically completes by the late teens or early twenties.
- Has realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure
- Is a non-smoker as smoking can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications
What are the Possible Outcomes of Nose Tip Rhinoplasty?
Nose Tip Rhinoplasty surgery has many possible outcomes including;
- Addressed Balance: One of the primary goals of Nose Tip (Rhinoplasty) Surgery is to alter the shape and size of the nasal tip.
- Symmetry: Many people seek Nose Tip Rhinoplasty to correct asymmetry in their nasal tip. The procedure can address uneven or irregular tip features.
- Improved Nasal Projection: Some patients may have a nasal tip that is either too prominent (over-projected) or insufficiently projected. Nose Tip Surgery may adjust the projection.
- Narrower or Wider Tip: For those with concerns about the width of their nasal tip, the surgeon can narrow or widen it.
- Scarring: Nose Tip Rhinoplasty typically involves small incisions, often hidden within the nostrils or at the base of the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils). This reduces the visibility of scarring.
It is important to note that while Nose Tip Rhinoplasty Surgery can offer these results, it is a surgical procedure with potential risks and limitations. The outcome of the surgery depends on various factors, including the patient’s anatomy and the skill of the Surgeon. It is important to consult with a fully qualified Surgeon who specialises in rhinoplasty to discuss your specific goals and determine if Nose Tip surgery is the right option for you. During the consultation, the Surgeon can provide more detailed information about the potential outcomes and risks based on your individual case.
What to Expect During Nose Tip Rhinoplasty Surgery
Although every surgery is tailored to the patients needs, the steps are generally as follows:
Before the surgical procedure begins the patient is typically administered anaesthesia.
The Surgeon makes small incisions either inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or at the base of the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils) and inside the nostrils (open rhinoplasty). The choice of incision type depends on the Surgeon’s approach and the specific goals of the surgery.
- Access to the Nasal Tip:
After making the necessary incisions, the surgeon gains access to the nasal tip by lifting the skin and soft tissues.
- Reshaping the Nasal Tip:
The surgeon reshapes the nasal tip cartilage and tissues to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome by reducing or increasing tip projection, refining the tip shape, correcting asymmetry and changing overall tip definition. This may involve techniques such as trimming, suturing, grafting, or repositioning the existing cartilage.
- Closing Incisions:
Once the desired changes are made to the nasal tip, the surgeon meticulously closes the incisions using sutures that may be dissolvable or require removal in the future.
- Dressings and Splints:
Nasal dressings and a nasal splint are applied to support the newly reshaped tip and protect it during the initial healing phase.
After the surgery, the patient is moved to a recovery area where they are monitored as they wake from anaesthesia. Patients typically go home the same day and they will receive instructions on post-operative care, including how to clean and care for the nose.
The specific techniques and steps involved in Nose Tip Rhinoplasty Surgery can vary from one patient to another as the procedure is highly customized to address the patient’s unique concerns and goals.
Risks and Complications
Like all invasive surgery Nose Tip Rhinoplasty Surgery has several risks and potential complications, these can include but are not limited to:
- Bruising and swelling
- Altered sensation in the nasal tip and surrounding area
- Breathing difficulties
- Anaesthesia complications
- Unsatisfactory results
- Need for Revision surgery
All surgery has risks and complications – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of Nose Tip Rhinoplasty, please visit the Risks of Surgery page.
Recovery from Nose Tip Rhinoplasty Surgery involves a specific set of guidelines and considerations to promote healing and achieve the desired results.
Pain and discomfort during the initial days are generally mild to moderate and can be managed with prescribed pain medications. It’s essential to take pain medication as directed by your surgeon. Swelling and bruising are common and can be more pronounced during the first week after surgery. Bruising typically diminishes within the first two weeks
Patients are advised to get plenty of rest during the initial recovery period, typically for the first week. Physical activity should be limited, and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least several weeks to prevent complications.
Patients will have follow-up appointments with their surgeon to monitor the healing process and remove any external sutures or splints. These appointments are an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions with the surgeon.
Every patient’s recovery experience is unique, and the timeline for returning to normal activities can vary. It’s crucial to maintain open communication with your surgeon and follow their specific instructions to ensure a successful recovery. If you have any concerns or experience unusual symptoms during the recovery period, contact your surgeon promptly for guidance.
What is the Cost of Nose Tip Rhinoplasty Surgery?
The price of Nose Tip Rhinoplasty may differ based on various factors such as your Surgeon’s level of experience and skill, the intricacy of the procedure, facility charges, anaesthesia fees, and any supplementary treatments or services that may be necessary. It is therefore difficult to give an exact quote without first assessing your individual requirements.
Although cost is a significant factor to consider, it should not be the sole deciding element, of more importance is consideration of the Surgeon’s expertise, reputation, qualifications and level of care offered.
For accurate and personalised information regarding the cost of your surgery, it is best to schedule a consultation with a qualified surgeon. During the consultation, they can provide a breakdown of expenses involved and address any specific concerns you may have.
Dr Stephen Kleid – Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon
MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine
FRACS – Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.
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It is important to research a Surgeon’s qualifications and experience before deciding on the Surgeon. You can check your surgeon’s credentials at AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).
Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised plastic surgeon that performs surgery in an accredited hospital. Look for members of FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons), ASAPS (Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) or ISAPS International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) as some of the qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon.
About Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Stephen Kleid is a highly experienced, fully qualified specialist ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) with current FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) membership. He is dedicated to patient care and education for revision nose reshaping surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.
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How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us below or Call on 1300 599 990 to arrange your consultation appointment with Dr Stephen Kleid, OR
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- A Referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or from your Medical Specialist is required (as of 1st July 2023).
- A Nose Consultation & Nasal Examination with Dr Stephen Kleid is $600 (and may be eligible for a $170 Medicare rebate)
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