I don't like that my nose droops especially when I smile, would a Rhinoplasty tip lift correct that? (photos)

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Dear nasserl, Yes rhinoplasty surgery would address refining the tip as well as correcting the drooping of the tip both when smiling and not smiling. You will want to seek consultation with some experts in the field of ethnic rhinoplasty, have imaging performed to show you how these changes will look and once a desired result is determined review the surgeons before and after photographs of similar noses to ensure natural looking results. See a similar nose in the video above and examples of ethnic rhinoplasty in the link below.Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can a rhinoplasty lift the tip of the nose?

Hello,Absolutely. A rhinoplasty can modify the shape and position of the nose. A proper consultation and assessment with a qualified rhinoplasty surgeon can provide you with the options available to you in order to meet your goals and expectations. I hope this helps.

Andres Gantous, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty candidate to lift a droopy tip

A rhinoplasty procedure can accomplish lifting the droopy tip on both a static and dynamic basis.  To prevent the tip from drooping when smiling requires releasing of the depressor septi ligament. A tip rhinoplasty is required to lift the tip on a static basis which can include suture techniques, conservative cartilage removal, and sometimes cartilage grafting techniques applied to the lower lateral cartilages of the nasal tip.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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