Exact Rhinoplasty Procedure for Bulbous Tip?

Is there an exact Rhinoplasty procedure for round nose tip or a bulbous one? Thanks a lot again.

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Bulbous tip


The technique necessary varies from patient to patient and can include:


-removal of intraalar fat/fibrous tissue

-interalar mattress sutures

-reection of cephalic aspect of lower lateral cartilages

-columellar strut grafting, tip definition grafting and thining of the subdermal tissue (closed rhinoplasty is very important for the safety of this maneuver



All the best,


Rian A. Maercks M.D.

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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What you are referring to is most likely called a Tip-plasty?


Usually I recommend the external approach for the bulbous tip. If there is no concern regarding the bridge of the nose or the width of the upper aspect of the nose then an isolated treatment of the tip can be performed although this is uncommon in most of our practices. Treatment of the tip can include removal of cartilage in a conservative fashion, shaping the exisiting cartilage, or even adding cartilage taken from the inside of the nose (tip grafting), Sometimes sutures placed appropriately can help shape the tip cartilage thus narrowing the bulbous nose. Rarely it is also necessary to remove some of the fatty tissue from the undersurface of the tip and thus "thin" the skin allowing it to redrape better over the underlying structure left behind.

S. Randolph Waldman, MD
Lexington Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Correcting a Bulbous Tip With Rhinoplasty


There are many techniques that surgeons use to correct the appearance of bulbous tip. The techniques used will depend on the patient's specific nasal structure and characteristics. The lower lateral cartilages (tip cartilages) can be trimmed and reshaped either with sutures or with grafts to relieve the excess curvature.

C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Many techniques to address bulbous tip


There are many different techniques to address a bulbous tip. All surgeons will have differing opinions on which is the best approach to address your problem. The bulbous tip can be composed of both thick skin and wide cartilages. Thick skin is a very difficult problem to address that will require some cortisone injections in the postoperative phase. The wide cartilage is addressed through refinement and removal of a portion of the cartilage to refine the tip. Suturing techniques of the tip will also create more of a narrowing effect of the tip itself and make it a lot less bulbous. There tends to be more swelling in the tip with these type of techniques even performed through a closed rhinoplasty.

William Portuese, MD
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Rhinoplasty Procedure for Bulbous Nasal Tip


Hi Steban,

Every nose is different, as is every rhinoplasty. There may be similiar steps to the procedure, but like snowflakes, noses are different.

There are different methods to give definition to a round or bulbous nasal tip. An excellent rhinoplasty surgeon will have all of those methods available at the time of surgery, and use the best combination to achieve your desired nasal cosmetic and functional goals....exactly.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Your bulbous tip may be narrowed with Rhinoplasty Surgery.


The exact technique to narrow the tip of your nose will largely depend on the preference of your surgeon. The exact technique is not as important as your final result and your satisfaction after surgery.

You should consult several qualified, experienced rhinoplasty surgeons with many favorable photos before moving forward with your rhinoplasty.

I hope this helps you.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Yes there is!


 See an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon and let him tell you what you need. That is the way to get the "exact" rhinoplasty that fits your face.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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"Exact" Rhinoplasty


There is no such thing as an exact rhinoplasty, or for that matter any exact procedure. A good plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon takes into account your facial and nasal anatomy, considers your goals and expectations, and then designs a customized plan for how to achieve your goals. So it is very much individualized for each and every patient. Although there have been surgeons who perform the same procedure on everyone, no matter how good that nose looks after surgery, if it doesn't fit your face and facial proportions, you will be very unhappy.

Theodore Katz, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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Exact Rhinoplasty procedure for bulbous tip


Dear Steban1990 ,

There is no ONE exact, carbon copy, template operation we all do the same way to reshape a bulbous nasal tip. Nose surgery is a large collection of surgical techniques - each used in concert with others as needed on an individual nose based on the judgment of the surgeon.

GENERALLY speaking, a bulbous nasal tip is brought about by large, wide convex lower lateral cartilages making up the tip support. These cartilages are usually narrowed and shaped with sutures - some may need on occasion to be even cut to weaken the spring and reduce the height of the arch. If the skin is thick, an onlay cartilage graft may be needed to convey an image of the narrowed tip THROUGH the thick skin.

I hope this was not overly technical.

Good Luck.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Every rhinoplasty should be individualized to fit your face and needs


There is no such thing as an "exact" rhinoplasty procedure for a bulbous nasal tip. Most surgeons use a combination of removal of excess cartilage and sutures to narrow the tip of the nose. However, grafts of your own cartilage may be necessary as well. Each individual needs to be evaluated for the size and strength of their cartilage as well as skin thickness. Cookie cutter noses should be avoided and hopefully discarded by all surgeons; performing the same exact procedure on different patients can have significantly different results. Therefore, you should seek out a rhinoplasty specialist to find out exactly what is best for your nose.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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