It’s not uncommon for patients who are considering rhinoplasty to be concerned with one specific aspect of their nose. Often times, patients may be bothered by a large hump on the bridge of the nose or wide nostrils. For patients who are unhappy with the tip of their nose, an isolated tip plasty procedure may be an option. In this case, only the tip of the nose is addressed and other areas of the nose like the nostrils and bridge are left untouched.
Tip plasty is not for everyone. In fact, many patients who believe that they need only the nasal tip worked on do actually require a full rhinoplasty that also addresses other areas of the nose. This will ensure that the nasal tip balances with the bridge and the nostrils and that a uniform appearance is achieved overall. Modifications confined to the tip can sometimes throw the overall nasal appearance off balance, making the bridge or the nostrils appear wider or a slight hump more pronounced. For this reason, it is essential that patients consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in rhinoplasty.
Improving the Nasal Tip with Tip Plasty
For appropriate patients, tip plasty can be an excellent alternative to a full rhinoplasty. Tip plasty is a general term which refers to techniques for refining or recontouring the nasal tip. A variety of techniques can be used to refine and narrow the tip cartilages, add definition and improve a bulbous appearance, including suturing techniques, excision and grafting techniques. Patients are often looking to improve a large, bulbous or square tip, or address sagging or an upturned appearance. The surgery may be performed using a closed approach in which the incisions are confided to the inside of the nostrils or using an open approach whereby a small incision is made on the columella, or the strip of skin separating the nostrils. This is typically a less extensive surgery than a full rhinoplasty, taking just about an hour to complete with local anesthesia or IV sedation. Recovery is often less extensive with little to no bruising and less noticeable swelling. Patients are often able to return to work after one week. To learn more about tip plasty or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mounsey, contact Revesse today. We are conveniently located in Toronto near North York, Brampton and Mississauga.