Is a Long Nose Shortened Only by Rotating the Tip?

I spoke to a doctor who said that the only way to make a nose shorter is to rotate the tip. Is this so? My nose is overprojected and large, in general, I am worried that if only the hump is removed, the nose will appear long in profile view. My question is, how is a nose shortened (not de-projected) rotating the tip and risking a "piggy" look really the only option?

Doctor Answers 14

Changing nasal length

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There are a few ways to achieve this effect but it depends on what you are starting with. -if you have a droopy tip and long nose then rotation is the right choice. This can be achieved with tip-plasty maneuvers with or without shortening of the septum. - if you have a normally rotated tip or an over-rotated one (rare issue) then shortening the caudal septum may work, as well as reducing the nasal spine. You have to be careful here, though, since sometimes the tip will rotate up more than you want. If that happens a 'tongue-in-grove' or septal extension graft technique may be needed to prevent the rotation. An open approach is usually needed for these maneuvers. Shortening a nose is challenging so make sure to find an experienced surgeon who does do a basic reduction procedure on everyone. Best of luck

Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Shortening the Nose & "Piggy-Look"

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With careful pre-op planning you will not  "risk" a piggy look - you and your surgeon will establish reasonable goals. If rotating the tip is not acceptable, there are ways to camouflage the actual nasal length. A natural result will be achieved if all parts of the nose are balanced and proportional. Your concerns are appropriate - if you provide pictures or I can examine your nose I will make specific recommendations.

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

Shortening the long nose

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There are several ways to shorten a long nose, tip rotation, reducing tip projection, and septal shortening. The tip need not be over rotated or up turned. Computer imaging can help demonstrate just what is causing in 'length' and give insights into the fix needed.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, this can be done several ways. I would need to see your photos to give you an accurate opinion for your nose. You do not end up with a piggy nose!

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Nasal Tip Rotation Rhinoplasty

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Rotation of the nasal tip upward can give an illusion of shortening the nose, but that is only one component of correction of a long nose.

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Long tip

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If your nose is long in the tip, it really depends.  Sometimes the nasal tip is deconstructed and shortened like legs on a chair that are too long are cut off.

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Is a Long Nose Shortened Only by Rotating the Tip?

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Yes a long nose has a downward rotated nasal tip.  Rotating the tip up will shorten the nose but this is different than tip projection.  Projection is how far, off the face, the tip extends.  If over-projected, the tip would need to be decreased as a separate issue to tip rotation.  

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Shortening a nose in rhinoplasty

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There are several ways to shorten a nose.  Rotating up the tip is one option, but it can leave an overly upturned appearance if rotated too much.  Each nose is different and you need to consult with a rhinoplasty expert Facial Plastic surgeon.  For example, if the nose is too long from the lip-columella point to the tip, rotating the tip will do little.  Correction for this involves reducing the anterior septum, shortening the nasal spine (if needed) and even shortening the columellar portions of the lower lateral cartilage.  

In other words, you don't have to have a "piggy" nose to have it shortened.  Hope this helps.

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Length, Projection, and Rotation

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You bring up some great points. Reducing projection and reducing length are not the same thing. Rotating the tip is not the only way to shorten a nose. You can also shorten a nose by trimming the caudal septum. Also, lowering the dorsum and reducing tip projection can both help reduce the size of your nose, but not necessarily the length of the nose. It's difficult to comment on what maneuvers would give you the best result without photos, and without knowing what your goals are. A successful rhinoplasty involves planning out a combination of maneuvers to acheive a specific agreed upon aesthetic result. Even a subtle change in the appearance involves a series of technical maneuvers. It sounds like what was recommended to you was reducing the hump, reducing dorsal projection, and rotating the tip. Depending on what you look like, this may be a reasonable approach to your problem, and would not necessarily give you a "pig nose". My best advice would be choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or ENT/Facial Plastic Surgeon with experience in Rhinoplasty, and be very clear about your goals. A good idea is to write down 3 things that bother you the most about your nose, in order of importance, and share that with your surgeon. Good luck!

Anita Patel, MD, FACS
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Please send your pictures

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Your points about the rotation and nose length is correct. I would suggest digital imaging and morphing as a preoperative evaluation tool.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
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