Can I just have one nostril tip fixed to match the other? (photos)

i am pleased overall but the left side of my tip is more bulbous and seems to show excess cartilage. is it possible to have just one side fixed in order to match the other? i really don't want the other side touched. what would be the recovery time for something like this?

Doctor Answers 10

Asymmetrical Nose

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Thank you for your inquiry!

It seems that you are a good candidate for a conservative rhinoplasty with an internal approach to correct the asymmetry described above. The goal will be to provide you with enough change taking into consideration the entire shape of your nose that will be assessed in person during a consult. At the end, securing a natural look to complement your facial features will be the main goal.

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

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 205 reviews

Will my breasts be a normal shape? (photos)

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Yes but ONLY IN PERSON consults are the way to proceed here. Best to seek a few to fully understand the operation. 

Asymmetrical Nostril/Tip

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Yes, you can correct an asymmetrical tip by changing just one side using the other as a template for the desired result. Select a surgeon who is a rhinoplasty specialist.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Asymmetric tip

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Yes, it is common to improve only one issue. This can be done while only operating on the cartilage of the tip. It is outpatient. while there will be some activity/exercise restriction for a limited time, once your tapes are off (usually around a week or so) most patients will not have signs that show they had surgery done. You WILL still have swelling, but typically it would only be enough to obscure your FINAL resul, not enough to look abnormal.

Asymmetrical tip repair

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Asymmetrical tip repair can be done open or closed. The side u like does not need to be touched. See an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. 

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Tip Plasty

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It is common to perform tip plasty only to correct any asymmetries. It can be done with either closed or open approach and recovery should be around 5 days. 
Dr. J

Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

Nose symmetry

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Yes, it is possible to make one side more symmetrical with the other.  Recovery time should take about seven to ten days. 

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Nose surgery revision

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Dear nat86,

Yes, revision to correct the asymmetry can be performed.  There are two main type of revision surgeries that are possible for you.  An incision inside the nose on the left side can be performed which will allow removal of some of the cartilage is the least invasive and quickest recovery.  The other type of revision would include elevation of the tissue over the tip area to access the entire tip.  This would also be fairly east recover as there would not be any bone or septum work but the tip would be swollen for a few weeks to a month.  Which revision surgery would be best for you will depend on what you are trying to achieve.  A discussion with your plastic surgeon would be necessary.

All the best,

Dr. Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Changing one side of the nose

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Dear nat86,

  • You may be able to operate on one side only, but the tip cartilages are all continuous
  • Depending on your exam, you may need to adjust each side to make it more symmetric
  • A rhinoplasty specialist can help you make that decision as long as the goals are realistic

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

Can I just have one nostril tip fixed to match the other?

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Improving tip and alar symmetry may be possible, but more pictures or an exam would be necessary to make a determination.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

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