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Simple Rhinoplasty Question?

Hi, I have a seemingly foolish question about the rhinoplasty procedure that I have never seen directly asked our answered. I want to know if it is possible to raise the tip of the nose or maybe completely reshape it. Is that possible? Of all the before and after pictures I've seen, I've always just seen a dorsal hump removed/lessened or a curve to the bridge added. Is it possible to raise the tip and remove cartilage? Thanks!

Doctor Answers (19)

Lifting the Tip While Removing Excess Cartilage

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Yes, it is very possible to lift the tip of a nose to give it a more defined appearance. Though your case must be further evaluated in person at a consultation appointment, lifting a drooping tip is a very common procedure conducted during a rhinoplasty. And, it is also possible to remove extra cartilage that surrounds the nose that can give you a bulbous, fatty look. Many surgeons offer computer imaging software through which you can design your new nose, but it is important that you keep realistic expectations.


New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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It is possible to raise the tip of the nose or maybe completely reshape it.

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It is possible to lift the tip and do removal of cartilage but overall it would come down to if you are a candidate for it, if it will help you appearence in a nice and symmetrical way, during the evaluation your plastic surgeon would let you know why and or why not it would be good for you but overall the mission you surgeon should and would have is to do what is best for you and will give you the best outcome even if it means saying no to what you want, because sometimes what a patient want isn't necessarily what is best your surgeon will steer you in the right direction.

Luis Suarez, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Simple Rhinoplasty Question?

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Your question was whether the tip can be raised or changed in rhinoplasty. The answer is yes, changing the shape of the nose involves correcting the tip as well. During the consultation the nose is examined as a whole to see what needs to be changed based on the patient's preference. You are right in that most photos show the hump removed, it is very easy to show that change, and it is dramatic on a lateral view. It is the front view that you should look at to see the change in the shape of the nasal tip. this change is harder to see in a photo unless care was taken in taking the before and after photos.

Shahriar Mabourakh, MD, FACS
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

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Simple Rhinoplasty Question?

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Yes it is possible to raise the tip and remove cartilage.  If that is all that you desire then it can be discussed with your surgeon and decide if it creates the best balance for you.

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Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
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Rhinoplasty can address many issues, including a dorsal hump, a bulbous tip, a boxy tip, columellar show and others

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Rhinoplasty can be many, many different things. There are infinite combinations of the operation that can be utilized to address the specific issues you are having. The tip can be softened, rounded, lowered, elevated, made more narrow, made less narrow and so on.  The sides can be elevated, lowered, narrowed, strengthened, weakened shortened and so on. The bony part of the nose can be manipulated as well. If you find yourself in a conversation with a plastic surgeon and these things do not come up, it is advisable to seek another opinion. Find a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and keep looking until you feel comfortable.
 

Jeremy Pyle, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Raise and Refine the Tip in Nose Surgery

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While reducing a bump on the bridge of the nose may be the most common request and manoeuvre in nose surgery (rhinoplasty), it is only one of many possible concerns that can be addressed. Lifting, lowering, or repositioning the tip of the nose is an important part of most rhinoplasty operations. This also usually involves reducing, reshaping and refining the tip as well.

Cory Goldberg, MD
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Yes

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Yes it is possible. Most patients  in my practice want their nasal tips lifted and refined in addition dorsal hump removal.

Vladimir Grigoryants, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Tip Rhinoplasty

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This is an outstanding question.  Rhinoplasty is a delicate balance between all its different elements (the tip, dorsum, nostrils, et cetera) and therefore often changing one part of the nose will either change the other parts or can make them look different.  Some patients want only refinement of the tip of the nose and want no changes to the rest of the nose.  This can defnitely be done, but the rest of the nose needs to be considered and therefore a consultation by a board certified surgeon Rhinoplasty specialists will really help bring everything into perspective.  Often, when you look at post-operative rhinoplasty picture, if the patient had an obvious bump on the bridge of the nose, then that is what draws peoples attention in the post-operative pictures.  Often, however, those patients also had work done to the rest of the nose in order make everything look harmonious.  Hope this helps.

Michael Bublik, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tip Changes in Rhinoplasty Surgery

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Changing tip size, position, or contour is a very important part of most rhinoplasty surgery. There are many different techniques used to accomplish all of these changes. Consult with a rhinoplasty specialist to determine what will be done to meet your goals.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Improving the appearance of the nasal tip

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It is possible to raise the tip of the nose and reshape it. I would recommend a consult with a board certified rhinoplasty specialist who uses computer imaging software. He/she may morph a photo of you to give you an idea of how the final result of surgery may appear. This will serve as a great communication tool between you and your prospective surgeon. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck. 

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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