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Can the Roundness of the Nose Be Reduced?

I have a round ball-like nose. Can just the ball be reduced? How much will that cost? And is there a way to do it without anesthesia?

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Reducing a Bulbous Tip

Yes, the roundness at the tip of your nose, also known as a bulbous tip, can be reduced through a rhinoplasty procedure. This is a fairly common ailment that I have treated throughout my experience as a surgeon, and is a relatively correctable condition. A skilled plastic surgeon will be able to re-structure your nose to give it definition that looks more pointy yet natural. In terms of cost and anesthesia, this can vary across the board. These are great questions to ask a surgeon during an in-person consultation visit.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Roundness of the nose can be reduced with tip-plasty


Yes, the roundness in the ball of the nose can be reduced with surgical tip techniques called a tip plasty. Sometimes the cartilage has to be simply removed from the tip of the nose, and sometimes the tip cartilages have to be sewn together to create less of a bulbous tip. It all depends on the presenting issues and problems. It can be done under local anesthesia, but it is quite painful because of the amount of nerve endings at the nasal tip. For that, we recommend a brief general anesthetic, and the tip plasty usually takes about half an hour to 45 minutes to perform. It is just quite uncomfortable to have it done under local anesthesia.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty; Reducing the Roundness of the Nasal Tip Under Local Anesthesia


Hi Angie,

Yes, the round, bulbous tip of your nose may be refined with rhinoplasty under local anesthesia.  You should consult with a few rhinoplasty specialists to make certain that other changes will not be required.

Good luck and enjoy your new nose.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tip Rhinoplasty Can Correct Round Tip or Ball Tip


The appearance of a "ball tip" most commonly arises from the shape of the underlying cartilages. If this is the case, the lower lateral cartilages (tip cartilages) can be trimmed and reshaped either with sutures or with grafts to relieve the excess curvature. A tip rhinoplasty is the most reliable means of acheiving the desired result. Most surgeons perform rhinoplasty under general anesthesia

To get a better understanding of what your nose would look like after surgery, your prospective rhinoplasty surgeon should be able to show you before and after computer simulations. Many rhinoplasty surgeons use computer imaging, and recently 3D rhinoplasty imaging has become available. This allows patients to preview how their nose might look after surgery.

C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tip rhinoplasty


Roundness of the nasal tip can be improved by perfroming a tip rhinoplasty. This is usually best done open.  Sutures can be placed into the tip cartilages to improve the shape.  The fee varies from region to region.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Yes it is possible.


The tip roundness can be corrected by several methods. It  can be done under local anesthesia without you going to sleep. See a rhinoplasty specialist who is experienced. 

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty to address the tip of your nose


Yes, a rhinoplasty can reduce the roundness of your nose. This is typically done by removing and shaping the cartilage framework underneath the skin. As far as price goes, this varies according to region and doctor, but the average is around $4,000. Because the nose is a very sensitive area, performing a rhinoplasty without anesthesia will be extremely painful. However, it can be done with twilight sedation and this is pretty easy to recover from. Good luck!

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Tip of the nose can be reduced with local anesthesia without siginificant problem


You don't need to be under iv sedation or general anesthesia for reducing the tip. The tip is easily made numb for tip rhinoplasty. The tip can be reduced by altering the  cartilages through an incision under the nose.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Round ball of the nose


It is called a bulbous tip deformity. It can be reduced. Cost is anywhere between $2500 to $7500 depending on your geographic location.

It can be done without anesthesia by very few surgeons. One of them is Norman Pastorek in New York City. Most surgeons will however use anesthesia.


Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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This is a common problem and fixable


The box tip or ball tipped nose a fairly common problem due to large cartilage that is shaped like a ram's horn. This runs along the upper edge of your nostril and extends down between the nostrils. I usually approach this by making an incision in the skin between the nostrils (the collumela) and lift the skin and subcutaneous tissue off of the cartilage . I then trim it and suture it together if necessary. If the overlying skin is very thick, change in the shape will not be as noticeable as when the overlying skin is thin. In addition ,there are some conditions where the tip of the nose is large due to congested blood vessels. This is the "WC Fields" type of nose. This is a condition called rhinophyma and is treated with carbon dioxide laser.

Joseph M. Perlman, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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