Can I just have one nostril tip fixed to match the other? (photos)
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It seems that you are a good candidate for a conservative rhinoplasty with an internal approach to correct the asymmetry described above. The goal will be to provide you with enough change taking into consideration the entire shape of your nose that will be assessed in person during a consult. At the end, securing a natural look to complement your facial features will be the main goal.
It is important to mention that the finest cosmetic results in any particular case are based on a variety of factors, including: the unique anatomy of the patient, realistic expectations, a well-informed and detailed discussion with your plastic surgeon concerning the best options for you especially covering a deep understanding of the pros and cons of any given choice you will adopt.
Please keep in mind that following the advice from a surgeon online who offers to tell you what to do without a physical examination covering the nature and the status of the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative solution would not be in your best interest. With that in mind, it is the safest and for your best interest to find a plastic surgeon with solid experience and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who is ideally a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that you will trust and be comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS
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Yes, revision to correct the asymmetry can be performed. There are two main type of revision surgeries that are possible for you. An incision inside the nose on the left side can be performed which will allow removal of some of the cartilage is the least invasive and quickest recovery. The other type of revision would include elevation of the tissue over the tip area to access the entire tip. This would also be fairly east recover as there would not be any bone or septum work but the tip would be swollen for a few weeks to a month. Which revision surgery would be best for you will depend on what you are trying to achieve. A discussion with your plastic surgeon would be necessary.
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Dr. Remus Repta
Changing one side of the nose
- You may be able to operate on one side only, but the tip cartilages are all continuous
- Depending on your exam, you may need to adjust each side to make it more symmetric
- A rhinoplasty specialist can help you make that decision as long as the goals are realistic
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