Am I a Rhinoplasty Candidate with My Wide, Bulbous Tip? (photo)

I have always hated the tip of my nose. The bridge is a little wide and has a bit of a bump, but I would be satisfied with just a reduction in the tip. It's very wide and bulbous. It looks fine from the profile view, but front on it's very.. unattractive. Is there a way to have it reduced without too drastic of a change? I do not want a narrow, pinched look. It also tends to swell in cold, heat, or with allergies. Are there nonsurgical options too?

Doctor Answers 16

Yes you can get a Rhinoplasty but....

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I agree that your tip is what stands out the most to you as being wide and needing refinement but it fits your bridge now and if you get a pure tip rhinoplasty and not narrow the bridge then your bridge will be off balance and will appear wide and "swollen" looking.  I do like your profile and you need to more or less maintain the profile although you have to be aware that when a 3 dimensional structure (your nose) changes from one view, the other views will change somewhat as well.  Find yourself an excellent Plastic or Facial Plastic Surgeon who does tons of Rhinoplasties and get a consultation and see computer imaging to make sure you will like the changes.  A good rhinoplasty can make your face look even prettier but a bad one will make you regret your decision so do your homework and choose wisely.  

An Excellent Candidate for Rhinoplasty

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Judging on your photos it seems the tip of your nose can be narrowed with a rhinoplasty procedure. This subtle change in the size of the nasal tip can greatly benefit your overall facial features. It is difficult to give an accurate recommendations based solely on photos. I recommend that you visit your local facial plastic surgeon for a detail consultation. Computer look of your nose will allow the surgeon to give you more accurate suggestions. I think you would be an excellent candidate for a rhinoplasty procedure as long as you are a healthy individual and follow the pre-op and post-op instructions of a specialist facial plastic surgeon.

Rhinoplasty candidate

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A wide bulbous tip is best addressed through tip surgery technique such as suturing the lower nasal tip cartilages together and a removal of some cartilage in the tip.  Since the remainder of the nose must be in balance with the new tip, many patients require a full rhinoplasty as opposed to a tip-plasty alone.

Wide, Bulbous tip rhinoplasty

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A conservative rhinoplasty can be done to address your tip concerns. I agree that an overly narrow, pinched appearance is not a good look. To avoid this look at the before and after photos of potential surgeons' other patients to make sure you like their aesthetic.

Check out my link below to find out more about fixing a bulbous nasal tip.

Surgery for Wide, Bulbous Tip

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An experienced rhinoplasty surgeon will explain what can be done to improve your bulbous tip and surgically bring balance and proportion to your nose without a drastic change. A narrow, pinched tip never looks natural. Look at your surgeon's results with similar noses.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Correcting a bulbous tip

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The short answer to your question is that yes you are a candidate. You do have a wide bulbous tip that can be narrowed and refined. It is helpful for you to bring to your consultation some representative examples of noses you like so that your surgeon has some idea as to what you are considering. Good luck

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Well-performed Rhinoplasty Surgery may lead to the improvement of your bulbous tip.

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I read your concerns and reviewed your photos:

Your tip and entire nose is wide on your front photo. Rhinoplasty surgery techniques may lead to a narrower appearance of your nose. The expertise of your surgeon is critical for achieving an attractive, natural-looking result.

Good luck.

Dr. Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 429 reviews

Tip issues

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If you are uhappy with your tip and you think it is too wide, the only good solution is to perform a tip plasty to narrow the tip and to refine it.

Am I a Rhinoplasty Candidate with My Wide, Bulbous Tip? (photo)

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Though you kindly posted photos, they are not really that helpful. I think you would be a great candidate for rhinoplasty but in person examinations are the best way to proceed. 

Tip rhinoplasty will give you the result

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You very beautiful facial features and tip rhinoplasty will help. There is no non-surgical treatment since you need reduction. Computer morphing will help to plan your surgery .

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