I have a bulbous tip nose. I want to get my nose to have a normal tip but also want it to look thinner. If I get the bulbous tip fixed, will my nose automatically look skinnier?
Will Fixing Bulbous Tip Make the Nose Look Thinner?
Doctor Answers (17)
Fixing a Bulbous Tip for a Thinner Nose
In short, yes. Reducing the bulbous tip (wide, lacking in definition) will make the nose look thinner and more refined. In some cases, however, the bridge needs to be narrowed as well. This helps to keep the upper and lower parts of the nose in harmony. Preoperative imaging can be very helpful in considering different aesthetic goals during your consultations.
Reducing bulbous nasal tip for thinner nose
If you are going to embark on just a tip plasty to feminize and refine a bulbous tip, the rest of your nose should be in balance. In the majority of cases, an entire rhinoplasty is performed to thin and narrow the bridge as well as the tip to further balance the entire nasal profile. When only a tip-plasty is performed to reduce the bulbosity, the nose will look skinnier by itself.
MsVogue: First, let me say that nothing in rhinoplasty surgery is automatic. Changing your tip so there is better definition will make it look thinner. On the basis of the single picture you submitted I cannot tell if your entire nose will look thinner. In fact, narrowing the tip may make the upper part of your nose look wider: the tip is not an isolated structure. Submit complete pictures or get a good consultation to answer your questions.
You might also like...
Thinning the nasal tip
Dear Ms. Vogue,
Thinning your bulbous nasal tip will indeed give your nose a thinner appearance. The photograph is substandard, but from the look of it your upper nasal structure is already thin and will harmonize nicely with a thinned tip. Good luck!
Will fixing bulbous tip make the nose look thinner?
Bulbous Tip and Rhinoplasty
Reducing the size of the tip of your nose
It appears as though you are a great candidate for reducing the size of the tip of your nose. Your nose may look thinner right away, but swelling may take up to a year to resolve for the final look. To accomplish a reduction in the tip, you'll need a rhinoplasty done under twilight anesthesia or general anesthesia. Your recovery should take about 1-2 weeks with minimal bruising. Good luck!
Correcting a bulbous tip to make the nose look smaller
Correcting a bulbous tip will make the nose look thinner, and, from the photograph you submitted, I think this is primarily your situation. However, there are other situations when not only the tip is bulbous, but the nasal bridge is wide as well. In this situation the middle and upper part of the nose can be narrowed by narrowing the nasal bones.
Narrowing your tip will have a nice overall effect on your nose. However, I would have to see your nose from different views to give you advice on any other changes. Good luck with your surgery.
Bulbous Tip Fix
Refinement of a bulbous tip will certainly help your nose look smaller, thereby bringing it closer to appropriate proportionality with the rest of your face. Judging from your picture, it appears that your nose may also benefit from other manuevers to make it appear thinner, such as deprojection. Decreasing the distance from your face to the tip of your nose (deprojection), in combination with refinement of the bulbous tip, will make your nose appear smaller, thinner, and more feminine.
Have a local rhinoplasty surgeon show you this with imaging so you have a better understanding of how your nose might benefit from a rhinoplasty.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.