Does the Nasal Tip Always Drop Post-Op?

Does always the nasal tip drop post-op? doesn't matter if there's a strut in your collumella? Is There always dropping of the nasal tip even if it's minimal? WHY?

Doctor Answers 5

Nasal tips will drop a bit after rhinoplasty

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The mobile part of the nose is the tip, and with swelling, especially during the first few days the tip will turn up higher than it is likely to stay. Often we will apply tapes to support the tip upward with an eye and expectation of the final result as this can reduce scar above the tip where we don't want it. Tips always drop, even if just a little bit.

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Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Tip drop

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Swelling in the inital post op period puts the tip above it's intended position. As this resolves it will drop to where it is intended to be. Hopefully there has been enough support placed in it to keep it at the preferred position.

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Does the nasal tip drop after rhinoplasty

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Initially the tip is elevated due to swelling and may drop a little.  But if the tip is supported properly with internal suturing and cartilage struts this should decrease any dropping.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty tip swelling.

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Rhinoplasty tip swelling causes the tip to be elevated and when the swelling goes down the tip always drops even it it is a minimal amount.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tip drop

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It depends on the manuevers used during surgery.  Ideally, any changes in tip position should be minimal, and related to the initial swelling period.  Major changes in tip position are not because of swelling, but because of loss of support after surgery.

Michel Siegel, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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