Am I a candidate for Tip Rhinoplasty only? (photo)

Just my tip is bulbous and I really want to get tip reduction. What is the total cost, what anesthesia do they use, what is the recovery time, and what are the risks?

Doctor Answers 10

Am I a candidate for Tip Rhinoplasty only?

Yes, from your photo, I believe you would be a good candidate for a tip only rhinoplasty.  The procedure takes approximately and hour to perform and most patients are presentable to return to work within a week.  As nasal tip tissue can remain somewhat swollen for some time, it may take several months to see the final result of the surgery.  The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. Risks can include bleeding, infection and healing problems.  Costs can vary from $4,800 to $6,000.  Best wishes, Dr Lepore.

San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Tip reduction

Thank you for your inquiry!

It seems that you are a good candidate for a corrective rhinoplasty reducing the nasal tip. Sutures will be placed on the inside of your nose and the projected recovery time should be pretty fast so you can be able to return to most of your daily activities within a week. Swelling will be anticipated and it will be masking the true results of your surgery but as time passes, more definition will be appreciated!
However, without a physical examination it is not possible to provide you with specific details. I highly recommend that you schedule a consultation with a well-experienced surgeon.

It is important to mention that the finest cosmetic results in any particular case are based on a variety of factors, including: the unique anatomy of the patient, realistic expectations, a well-informed and detailed discussion with your plastic surgeon concerning the best options for you especially covering a deep understanding of the pros and cons of any given choice you will adopt.

Please keep in mind that following the advice from a surgeon online who offers to tell you what to do without a physical examination covering the nature and the status of the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative solution would not be in your best interest. With that in mind, it is the safest and for your best interest to find a plastic surgeon with solid experience and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who is ideally a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that you will trust and be comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.

Good luck!!!

Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 195 reviews

Tip rhinoplasty only

Without a full set of pictures, it is impossible to tell whether or not you're a candidate for a tip rhinoplasty only. When a tip rhinoplasty is performed in our practice, all incisions are placed on the inside of the nose and suture techniques are used to narrow the wide and bulbous tip. Occasionally additional wide cartilage is also removed when necessary. 

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Am I a candidate for Tip Rhinoplasty only?

Yes, you can have a tipplasty only.  The goal of the tipplasty is to reduce and refine just the tip of the nose. The incision is inside the nose and patients are usually back to work within a week!

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Am I a candidate for Tip Rhinoplasty only?

The tip can be reduced without altering another component.  The tip reduction is the most complicated part of rhinoplasty in most cases, so the cost is comparable to a complete rhinoplasty.  I usually perform closed rhinoplasty with no visible scars under general anesthesia.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Tip rhinoplasty

The photo you sent isn't great, so hard to tell how much benefit you might get from a tip plasty and if that is all that needs to be done.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Candidate for Tip Rhinoplasty

Dear face, thank you for your question. Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure that can dramatically change one's appearance. In our San Diego practice we perform computer imaging to determine what may be possible in your case. Actual before and after photos are a good way to evaluate your surgeon. Good Luck!

Roy A. David, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Tip Rhinoplasty

For those patients who are unhappy with just the tip of their nose, a Tip Rhinoplasty is the perfect procedure.  This procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia depending on the preference of the surgeon and patient.

The cost of the procedure would run $5000-$7000 depending upon the type of anesthesia required.

You can perform the tip rhinoplasty despite having previously had fillers.

To preview your results, you might consider Vectra 3D imaging during your consultation to make sure that you and your surgeon share a common aesthetic goal.

Gilbert Lee, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Tip Plasty is possible if u r happy with the rest of the nose.

Tip Plasty is possible if u r happy with the rest of the nose.This can be done under local anesthesia with sedation and the cost is about $5-6k. See a very experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. Fillers make no difference. 

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Tip-only Rhinoplasty

Thank you for the picture and the question. In patients with a straight and smooth nasal bridge (dorsum) a tip-only rhinoplasty is a great option. This can refine the tip, making it less bulbous. The tip can also be lifted a bit, to improve the overall profile.  Recovery is typically faster than a complete rhinoplasty, with less bruising, etc. Cost in the SF Bay Area is variable, but surgeon fees are generally $5000 and up. There are also costs for the operating room and anesthesia provider in most cases. Best of luck moving forward!

#San Francisco Rhinoplasty

Evan Ransom, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

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