Tip rhinoplasty/nostril reduction. Is taping the tip beneficial for the long term results? (Photo)
Palm Beach, FL
3 years ago
I had tip rhinoplasty 10 days ago. My PS never mentioned taping my nose, but I have read articles that it may help in preventing the tip from drooping. Is beneficial for the long term results? Also, I had my nostrils reduced (open revision), however, one side is still different (and more swollen) than the other. Will they even out or is there a minimally invasive procedure that can be done if during the next 6 months-year they remain asymmetrical?
Doctor Answers 3
It is always difficult to assess the final result in the healing process and without the benefit of an exam.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Each surgeon has their own dressing regime. I always tape the tip for at least 1 week to 2 months. As for the very very minor asymmetry in your nostril opening, I would not recommend additional correction...
- I usually recommend taping the nose when we take a big nose and make it very small
- The other case is when someone has thick skin and we want to eliminate any space between the skin and cartilage below as it heals
- Your asymmetry is normal 10 days out and it is hard to make any judgements on how it will turn up
- I would recommend waiting to see how it heals
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