What is defatting of nasal tip and what does it entail? Is the skin thinned during this process w future negative effects?

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defatting of nasal tip and what does it entail? Is the skin thinned during this process w future negative effects?

Defatting of the nasal tip can reduce the thick appearance of the tip however this can be a dangerous maneuver. 


Beverly Hills General Surgeon
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Defatting the nasal tip

Defatting the nasal tip entails very carefully thinning some of the underlying soft tissue in the nasal tip.  This must be done with extreme caution to prevent inadvertent compromise of the blood circulation to the nasal tip which can be detrimental.  Please consult with a board certified specialist in rhinoplasty who can assist you with achieving the results you seek. 3-dimensional computer imaging can help you visualize what you may look like afterwards.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What is defatting of nasal tip and what does it entail? Is the skin thinned during this process w future negative effects?

It a technique, use to thin the subcutaneous tissues during Rhinoplasty, in patients with thick skin.  It will only make a minor improvement and there's nothing to stop excess scar tissue from filling in the area of the removed tissue.  Shaping the nasal tip combined with cartilage tip grafts are far more effective in creating a refined and defined nasal tip. Hope this helps.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Defatting the Nasal Tip

Removal of fat from the deep layer of the nasal tip skin can be carefully done but in most patients it makes a minimal difference. There is a risk of compromising the skin circulation. Changing the contour, size, and position of the tip cartilages is much more effective in improving tip aesthetics.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What is defatting of nasal tip and what does it entail? Is the skin thinned during this process w future negative effects?

Thank you for your interesting question.  This is a procedure that has been talked about for decades, especially amongst Middle Eastern patients who frequently have thick skin bulky nasal tips.    However, years ago when they first tried it, it was done aggressively and resulted in terrible scarring that was impossible to correct and left patients with terribly deformed nasal tips.  Then it was decided that it could be done conservatively, focusing on the deeper layers, which resulted in virtually no change.  So if that is your problem and the procedure has been recommended to you, you definitely want to see a board-certified plastic surgeon with a lot of experience in this particular area.  Best of luck.

Ruben B. Abrams, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Defatting the nasal tip?

While used to give Tip definition by removing subcutaneous tissue this can also produce very negative effects 3 to five years later. See a very experienced rhinoplasty surgeon who has been doing noses for a long time and followed his patients to see the long-term effects of when and when not to do this.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Defatting the nasal tip

Thank you for your question.  For those patients that have very thick nasal skin, it is often necessary to "thin" the skin from the inside, which allows you to see more definition.  I recommend you seek out a Board-Certified plastic surgeon who will accurately examine you, create a simulation that will allow you to see what your nose COULD look like after surgery, and formulate a plan tailored to your wishes.  Good luck!

Fat removal

Thank you for your question and in patients with a thick bulbous tip soft tissue is frequently removed from under the skin of the tip to give more definition to the tip

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Defatting of the nasal tip

Dear empowerness,

  • We defat the nasal tip in order to give the nose more definition
  • The long term effects are not too concerning, as you get older, the nose will become more defined
  • It really depends on your exam and what your expectations are to decide whether or not to thin the skin of the nose
  • When you are ready, please see a rhinoplasty specialist who can address all of your concerns

Best,
Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

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