Nose Tip Rhinoplasty – A Less Invasive Nose Surgery


What is Nose Tip Rhinoplasty?

A less invasive surgery that can help to refine your nose shape

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.

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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.

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 procedure 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.

Next steps

Our team of precision surgeons have developed ‘artisan’ level surgical skills over decades of experience in performing complex and Revisional Rhinoplasty procedures. They can give you a realistic idea of whether or not you’re a good candidate to have your nose enhanced through a Tip Rhinoplasty procedure.

Together with your chosen Surgeon, you can evaluate your options (occasionally using Vectra 3D imaging to help with planning). Once you and your Surgeon are comfortable that a Rhinoplasty surgery can get you an outcome that you want in terms of refining your nose, you can then begin the process of scheduling and preparing for your surgery and your post-op healing care.

If you’ve spent years or decades feeling less than confident about your appearance because of the size, shape, length, direction or tip of your nose, it’s time to schedule a consultation with one of our caring Plastic Surgeons. We look forward to helping you refine your nose appearance.

Book a consultation with a nose reshaping specialist surgeon

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons located in Melbourne and Sydney will be able to assess your desired goals and suggest the best options for your Nose Tip Rhinoplasty or full Rhinoplasty surgery.

Please contact a Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.

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Last updated: 07/08/2020
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Dr Richard Sackelariou - MBBS, FRACS, FRCS
Dr Richard Sackelariou, MBBS, FRACS/FRCS, is a leading Sydney Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon who sees patients in two locations: Double Bay, Sydney and Melbourne VIC (Australia). Dr Sackelariou offers extensive experience in attaining natural-looking, excellent surgical results for patients of all ages. Graduate of Sydney University, FRACS, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery plus additional training in Cosmetic Surgery in Paris at the Clinique Turin in 1994. BIO PAGE: Click here