Is Tip Rhinoplasty Worth It?
Many people who seek rhinoplasty worry about the cost of surgery. This is understandable, as most surgical procedures are expensive. However, one of the most serious mistakes people make when seeking rhinoplasty is making decisions about their procedure solely on price. This can lead to botched surgeries, dissatisfied patients, and costly revisions. Some consequences of surgical bargain-hunting are less dramatic, but important to consider.
For people who want to save money on their procedure, a tip rhinoplasty can be a very attractive option. It’s not as expensive or invasive as a full rhinoplasty, but can enhance the look of the nose. The problem is that even if the issues in the nose are solely located in the tip area, adjusting the tip can cause the nose to look out of balance again by making the bridge appear wider or narrower. This could necessitate further surgery if the patient is bothered by the imbalance, and could end up being more costly in the long run because of some unexpected bridge work after the first surgery. Revision surgeries are more expensive and difficult due to the scar tissue that forms after the first surgery. It is so much easier to have the surgery done right the first time.
This does not mean that a tip rhinoplasty is never a good idea. Only a reputable board-certified surgeon has the knowledge to help you make the decision about what type of rhinoplasty is right for you. If you are committed to having the surgery, make sure you budget enough money for an experienced and honest surgeon, rather than one who is only focused on profit. In rare cases, a tip lift or tip reduction really is all that is needed. In most cases though, several areas of the nose require work.
Tip work, like bridge work, is extremely complex and may involve grafting. Cartilage may be used to refine the tip and create a more pleasing nasal shape. Remember that a tip rhinoplasty is still surgery and should be carefully planned and researched.
Discuss your options with prospective surgeons and don’t rush into anything. If you’d like to learn more about tip rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Mounsey at Revesse in Toronto for a consultation: 416.438.2499.