Ask a doctor

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 24

Rhinoplasty - Tip Reshaping

Yes, it is possible and quite common. During the primary consultation, discuss with your physician your aesthetic goals. The actual method of reshaping the tip of your nose will depend on various factors, including your skin thickness, tip cartilage, and desired look. It is important that you feel comfortable with the plastic surgeon’s suggestions as this can be a permanent procedure. Good luck!

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Have a question? Ask a doctor

Tip rhinoplasty

Yes.  That is possible and one of the more common types of rhinoplasty.  A droopy or boxy tip is often what prompts a desire for rhinoplasty.  Just choose your board-certified plastic surgeon, carefully.  Make sure that rhinoplasty is something that they specialize in.  Good luck.

Dustin L. Reid, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Rhinoplasty Esthetic Results

Yes, Rhinoplasty can certainly raise the tip of a nose. Rhinoplasty can successfully modify many different areas of the nose, so the most important factor is that you choose a qualified surgeon (ie: a Facial Plastic Surgeon) to perform the surgery. Rhinoplasty is a highly specialized procedure and choosing and expert from a reputable facility is of utmost importance in order to achieve the specific aesthetic results you are looking for. Use of a 3D imaging system during your consultation will be helpful to make sure you and the surgeon are unified in the end goal.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Changing the tip with rhinoplasty

Yes, you can raise the tip of the nose and reshape it during rhinoplasty.  How you do it depends on each nose.  It can be by removing cartilage, but there are other ways to do it that work better in different kinds of noses.  In a consultation with a plastic surgeon, they can tell you what would be the best way for you, if you are a good candidate and what the possible outcome could be.
Good luck!

Angela Sturm, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Simple Rhinoplasty Question?

Thank you for your question. Alterations to the tip of the nose such as refinement and rotation are common components of rhinoplasty surgery. The most important part of any rhinoplasty surgery is to consult with your plastic surgeon for a detailed assessment and discussion about you ideals and expectations. That way you can work together to achieve your goals.
Best of luck!
Dr Guy Watts

Lifting the Tip While Removing Excess Cartilage

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.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

It is possible to raise the tip of the nose or maybe completely reshape it.

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
4.5 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Simple Rhinoplasty Question?

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.

Simple Rhinoplasty Question?

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.

For more information, please go to my website at:

Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Rhinoplasty can address many issues, including a dorsal hump, a bulbous tip, a boxy tip, columellar show and others

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
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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.