I Have Flared Nostrils, and my Nose Tip is Bumpy ....could a Nose Job Fix That?

I'm thinking of having a nose job, I want to have a more pointy tip, and less flare nostrils...is it possible?

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Hello (Salam? I think you are in Amman, Jordan),
Rhinoplasty can indeed improve the flare of the nostrils and improve or alter the projection of the tip. A surgeon looks at the whole appearance of the nose but also the interior, and evaluates the skin thickness and the symmetry. Many surgeons utilize the "open-tip" approach, involving an incision across the columella (the strip at the base of the nose between the two nostrils), to access the inside of the nose and the cartilages for shaping of the tip.
Not sure where the surgeon above got the idea you are 11 - it says you are 29, correct?
Anyway, it is important that you have an in-person consultation to determine your candidacy for a rhinoplasty and to assess the techniques that are most likely to be helpful in achieving your goals. Being able to clearly state what you would like changed is the first step, and you seem to have a good idea.
Many board-certified plastic surgeons like myself greatly enjoy rhinoplasty, and have some experience dealing with middle-eastern noses. I wish you the best success in your efforts.
- Hatem Abou-Sayed, MD, FACS

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty to smooth nose and decrease nostril flare

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Certainly some of the goals of rhinoplasty are to get more of a pointed tip and less bulbousness and less flaring of the nostrils through alarplasty techniques.  This involves reduction of the alar sill or floor of the nose by reducing the amount of show in that area which decreases the width of the nostrils.  Any bumps in the tip can also be addressed at the same time.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty to Improve Features

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The features you are describing do sound like they would be appropriately treated and improved with rhinoplasty.  Seeing your photos would be helpful or perhaps a live consultation.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty can thin tip and decrease nostril flare

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Yes, a Rhinoplasty can, in theory, thin the nasal tip and reduce nostril flare but without seeing pictures of your nose I have no way of knowing if you are a suitable Rhinoplasty candidate, or not.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty to fix flared nostrils and get pointier tip

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Yes, a rhinoplasty can address those concerns. An exam of your nose would allow for a more detailed discussion of what changes can be made.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Los Angeles Rhinoplasty

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The issues you mentioned can defenitely be addressed with rhinoplasy, but before deciding on having the surgery visit an experienced rhinoplsty surgeon and review the before/after photos and digital imaging of your nose in order to have  a good understanding of the what can be expected from the surgery.

Armen Vartany, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

What is a reduction rhinoplasty?

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Reduction rhinoplasty is the medical term used to describe nasal surgery intended to reduce the overall size of the nose.  When I talk to my patients about cosmetic nasal surgery, specifically reduction rhinoplasty, I tell them that the nose should be addressed in three specific areas: the nasal hump, the tip area, and the width of the nose.
Most patients interested in nose job, want the "bump" on their nose to be taken down.  This typically refers to the nasal dorsum.   Other patients want to reduce the size of nasal tips that are too far from their faces. And there are some who are interested in reducing the width of their nose.
To address these changes and to maintain proper nasal proportion a good rhinoplasty surgeon, board certified facial plastic or board certified plastic surgeon, specializing in nose surgery will help you to understand how your nose and cartilage are modified and reshaped to create the desired shape. This not only helps to improve the appearance of the nose, but also restores your any breathing problem you have. Good luck. Dr. Kevin Sadati

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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A rhinoplasty can improve on dorsal humps as well as flare of the nostrils.  An exam would be key to determine if those are the right things for you.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tip And Nostril Narrowing Is Part Of Many Rhinoplasties

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The two nose changes that you desire are very commonly addressed in rhinoplasty surgery. Tip narrowing is just about done in virtually every rhinoplasty and nostril narrowing is done in about 1/3 of rhinoplasties. The question is not whether they can be done, but can they be done to your level of expectations. Some factors that control the result, such as skin thickness, are beyond the control of the surgeon. I would get several consultations, complete with computer imaging, and see if your desires are achieveable by rhinoplasty surgery.

Will a rhinoplasty fix a bumpy nose and flared nostrils?

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A rhinoplasty is designed to recontour many parts of the nose including a dorsal hump, wide nose, bulbous or full tip, crooked nose, flared nostrils, and flat nose. You should have a full consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to identify the problem areas and how these can be corrected. I use the Canfield Vectra 3D system to simulate the changes that can be expected after your procedure. 

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