If the nasal tip lacks definition or is overly defined, it may not have a proper rotation. The cosmetic surgeon will modify the nose tip by reshaping the cartilage.
In this procedure, they will pay close attention to the nose base as this affects the tension and rotation.
Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide rhinoplasty to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations.
What is Nose Tip Rhinoplasty?
Nasal tip rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure undertaken on the lower third part of the nose. This is a complex procedure where the plastic surgeon should be skilled and experienced with an in-depth understanding of the nasal anatomy and how cartilage and other tissue impact the process of nose refinement.
Nasal tip refinement is not necessarily a cosmetic procedure.
It may be a medical requirement in some cases. For example, sometimes the patient may experience breathing problems due to an abnormally-shaped nasal tip either in routine life or when sleeping (causing breathing problems and snoring among other issues).
An abnormal nose tip can also cause a sinus infection. At times, patients may also experience speech impediments resulting from their abnormal nose tip.
Reasons to Undergo Tip Refinement
Patients choose to undergo tip refinement, either individually or as an alternative to rhinoplasty, for various reasons. But it is often undertaken to rectify a fuller or “bulbous” nasal tip.
Some patients may not find their nose structure appealing, for instance, patients with “hooked” noses, noses that sag at the tip, or upturned noses.
A tip refinement surgery can impact the overall appearance of the nose and face as these procedures are usually performed to create a slimming effect.
Wide Tip Correction
A wide or bulbous nose usually occurs due to a combination of large nasal domes that are spaced apart widely and thick skin on the nose. The nasal domes are the tip defining points of the tip cartilage. A thick ligament or fat divides the nasal domes in many cases.
To correct this condition, the surgeon will need to work on the soft tissue and shift to domes closer to address this condition. The surgeon may place a graft on the nose tip itself for patients with thick skin. This technique offers a better nose tip definition.
The nasal tip can also be made narrower by shaving off or tweaking the cartilage structure underneath the skin.
Less Invasive Procedure
In comparison to a complete rhinoplasty procedure, nasal tip refinement surgery is significantly less invasive. A traditional nose reshaping procedure involves major changes to the inner nose structure. This may also involve fracturing bones which will lead to an extended recovery phase.
However, nasal tip refinement typically involves the placement of two to three incisions providing the surgeon better access to the underlying cartilage in that region.
The surgeon will close the incisions once the procedure is complete. The recovery period associated with tip refinement is relatively short.
When a patient is a suitable candidate for tip refinement surgery, it can often provide an effective alternative to full rhinoplasty. Cosmetic surgeons at the ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for nose reshaping surgery.
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