Is correcting a slightly upturned nose by lengthening the nose - suturing the tip cartlidges a risky procedure? (IE possible negative cosmetic consequences) Thanks!
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Several techniques can be used to lengthen your nose, but these manuevers are difficult and should be done by an experienced surgeon. I am not discouraging you, but surgeon selection is critical.
Correcting an upturned nose
It sounds like you want to derotate the tip a bit. This can be done with several manuevers and grafts.
Rhinoplasty can correct an upturned nose
Rhinoplasty can correct an upturned nose; however, grafting and nasal implants are often required to lengthen the nose. This is known as a Revision Rhinoplasty and should only be performed by an experienced surgeon.
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Rhinoplasty for the short nose.
This can be done but the surgeon should have a great deal of experience doing noses like this. If the surgeon is skilled, the risks are minimal. This is much more difficult than shortening. Cartilage and or skin is necessary to lengthen a short nose.
Noses can be lengthened as well as shortened by Rhinoplasty
However, lengthening is a more complex surgical procedure. It requires a number of grafts from your own nose. Grafts in rhinoplasty are not in and of themselves risky, but they do require more finesse. It is important that you seek out a specialist in rhinoplasty for this type of procedure.
Lengthening the Nose
An old rule of thumb in Rhinoplasty is that it is much easier to shorten a nose than lengthen it. Lengthening the nose, or correction of an upturned nose often requires a caudal septal extension graft which works quite well in experienced hands. As Dr. Aldea pointed out, a surgical procedure is never without risk. Every Rhinoplasty Surgeon has had to do revisions and address complications. That being said, consistency in results comes with experience and it makes sense to see an experienced Rhinoplasty Surgeon.
As Dr Aldea states there are always risks with ANY operation! You need to evaluate the risk/benefit ration before proceeding with this surgery. From MIAMI Dr. B
Every Operation has inherent Complication risks
Regarding: "Is correcting a slightly upturned nose by lengthening the nose - suturing the tip cartlidges a risky procedure? (IE possible negative cosmetic consequences)" . The operation which does not have any risks has not yet been invented. Every procedure and every operations has associated set of inherent potential unwanted consequences or complications.
There are several techniques to correct an up tuned nose tip (IE DEROTATE the tip). in the vast majority of patients they work extremely well. BUT there is always a chance of "possible negative cosmetic consequences".
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