Simple Rhinoplasty Question?

Hi, I have a seemingly foolish question about the rhinoplasty procedure that I have never seen directly asked our answered. I want to know if it is possible to raise the tip of the nose or maybe completely reshape it. Is that possible? Of all the before and after pictures I've seen, I've always just seen a dorsal hump removed/lessened or a curve to the bridge added. Is it possible to raise the tip and remove cartilage? Thanks!

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Tip rhinoplasty

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Yes.  That is possible and one of the more common types of rhinoplasty.  A droopy or boxy tip is often what prompts a desire for rhinoplasty.  Just choose your board-certified plastic surgeon, carefully.  Make sure that rhinoplasty is something that they specialize in.  Good luck.

Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Yes it is possible. Most patients  in my practice want their nasal tips lifted and refined in addition dorsal hump removal.

Vladimir Grigoryants, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 337 reviews

Can my tip be reshaped with a rhinoplasty?

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Yes, it is definitely possible to raise/reshape the tip of your nose. Many patients notice their tip is droopy or bulbous and this is their main concern.  The most important thing is to choose a surgeon that is board certified in plastic surgery or ENT and has a great deal of experience and expertise in rhinoplasty.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon


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A Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. A nose
job can change the size of your nose or nostrils, correct a humped or hooked
appearance, or alter the tip, bridge, slope, or angle of your nose. A
rhinoplasty is a highly individualized procedure.

Raising the Nasal Tip

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Hi and thanks for your question. Yes, I often remove excess tip cartilage and raise the tip of the nose.  If you look at my before and after rhinoplasty photos, you can see this.  This is a common part of many of the rhinoplasty surgeries that I do.  Thanks.  

Jonathan Pontell, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Is it possible to raise a nasal tip and reshape it?

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Tip elevation is certainly commonly done and there are well-established techniques to do this. Similarly, re-shaping can also be done. However, it is all a question of degree - surgery has its limitations and therefore only modifications can be made to the existing anatomy - it is not possibly to 'completely change' a nose.I hope this is helpful.

Bryan Correa, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon

What can I expect from my rhinoplasty surgery?

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The surgery is performed using either an open or closed approach. During the open approach, the incision is made across the columella, the strip of skin that separates the two nostrils. A closed approach involves a hidden incision made inside the nose on each side. Both approaches raise the soft tissue covering the nose allowing access to reshape the bone and soft tissue structures of the nose. The nose is reshaped either by adding cartilage or removing and/or remodeling the cartilage or bone. The process involved in re-shaping your nose should be tailored to your specific goals and discussed during your consultation.

Simple rhinoplasty. Question?

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Most rhinoplasties consist of three parts. refining (usually lowering the bridge), making the tip cartilages smaller,less bulbous and less boxy. elevating the tip and narrowing the nasal bones by 'in-fracturing' the nasal bones. This is a simplification because every nose is unique and different procedures are done for each individual patient.  Be sure to consult with a Plastic Surgeon experienced in nasal aesthetic surgery who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Check out his web site for before and after pictures of rhinoplasty surgery.

Laurence Kirwan, MD, FRCS, FACS
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon

Tip rhinoplasty

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Modifications to the nasal tip can be done during rhinoplasty. 

Refining and reshaping the nasal tip is one of the most common and most important parts of rhinoplasty.
Raising or lowering the tip can be accomplished during surgery.

The overall balance of the nose and the face is always important when making changes to the nose.
Consult a doctor close to you to talk about your goals.

Hope this helps

Myriam Loyo, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

A Tip Rhinoplasty is Used to Reshape the Tip of the Nose Including Raising It

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A tip rhinoplasty is a rhinoplasty or nose job that is used to reshape the tip or end of the nose. It can tilt the tip up or down, reshape a bulbous tip to a more delicate or refined shape, fill out a pinched tip or reconstruct other abnormalities. A surgeon must be careful to take into consideration the effects that a tip rhinoplasty can have on the overall shape and appearance of the nose. Often more than just working on the tip is required to keep the nose in balance as well as in harmony with the rest of the face.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

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