Can I Have a Tip Refinement Instead of Full Rhinoplasty? (photo)

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Can I Have a Tip Refinement Instead of Full Rhinoplasty?

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Good question. Rhinoplasty is a surgery that should be tailored to each individual. Each individual has different issues with their nose and different expectations. I am not sure what you mean by “full rhinoplasty”. We always analyze the nose in relationship to your face. Sometimes doing a tip rhinoplasty without addressing the nose comprehensively might not yield the best results. In particular, you might want to take down your nasal dorsum slightly but of course that is a decision you should make yourself with your surgeon's advice. Also, if a surgeon is already operating on your nose, you may want to take advantage of the opportunity to correct all the aspects of your nose that can be corrected. The last thing you want is to have your tip refined and suddenly no longer like the rest of your nose and then want a second surgery. You can ask your surgeon to show you some digital images of the projected post operative pictures where he manipulates the tip vs tip and other work as well. That may help you make your decision. Best of luck!

Columbus Facial Plastic Surgeon

Personalized Nose Job- Tip Refinement Only

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A rhinoplasty surgery, or nose job, is individually tailored to suit each patient’s needs and concerns. Your surgeon should be able to modify your surgery to give you the results you are looking to achieve within reason, provided your expectations are reasonable and realistic. If you are looking for tip refinement, you should relate this information to your surgeon so that he or she can find the best approach to give you natural, aesthetically-pleasing results concentrated on this specific aspect of your nose. 

Tip Refinement Without Other Changes

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Yes, it is possible to alter the shape and size of your tip without making other changes to your nose. Your surgery can be designed to be as extensive or minimal as you wish, and a professional surgeon will not pressure you to do more than you are comfortable with. 

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Rhinoplasty questions

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Yes, the surgery can be limited to the tip only in your case. In my opinion, however, it would be nice to lower your bridge and narrow the nose a bit also. If you just do the tip, I think it will accentuate the size of your nasal bridge. I prefer a balanced approach which would include the tip and the bridge in proper proportions.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Can I Have a Tip Refinement Instead of Full Rhinoplasty?

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            Yes, you can have tip refinement alone.  The result will not look like the goal pictures posted.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Rhinoplasty; tip only?

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Hi blove, as a plastic surgeon who likes to do noses, I am grateful and lucky to have spent time with Dr. Jack Sheen, a giant in the field of rhinoplasty in the 80's and 90's and the first plastic surgeon to really emphasize balance and aesthetic concepts in the nose. He stated that taking something away from the nose in one area would affect the appearance of another area of the nose and throw the structure out of balance often making the untreated part look disproportionate and too large in comparison to the area that was treated. It would throw off the relationships of one part with another. There are cases that may not need work on the bridge; where one can just do the tip but one should proceed with caution. I believe in making each nose unique to the persons face and listen to their specific aesthetic objectives. We have a Vectra 3D imager that we use for nose, face and body consultations which is a fantastic and esential communication tool. You haven't stated why you want to leave your bridge and dorsum alone but this is important to know. Plastic surgery requires both the right and left brain in being a very technical and artistic endeavor. Most importantly, you should seek out a surgeon who listens and communicates clearly to you who has experience and good judgement in nose procedures. By the way, the pictures were well done but rather than discuss specifics, I recommend that you come in for a consultation and discuss your expectations.



Megan Fox nose

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The tip of your nose can be refined with surgery without addressing other portions of your nose. Plastic surgeons can't make you look exactly like Megan Fox, but we can certainly help to narrow your tip! Thanks you for sharing your photos and question. Best wishes.

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 178 reviews

Limited Rhinoplasty with just Tip Refinement

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You can do whatever you want but based on the pictures you submitted I strongly suggest that you speak to an experienced rhinoplasty specialist and consider all your options. You have the opportunity for a very nice result if you do more than just the tip.

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

Tip refinement

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Yes, many patients having rhinoplasty just need tip refinement and nothing else needs to be done to the bridge.  You do have a slight hump on the bridge of your nose but if that does not bother you it can be left alone.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

Tip rhinoplasty is sometimes the procedure of choice when changing the appearance of the nose.

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I think you are a satisfactory candidate for tip rhinoplasty. There is a slight dorsal elevation which is quite modest. I think video imaging would give you some idea what to expect.

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