Tip Rhinoplasty

Dr. Kassir specializes in tip rhinoplasty, commonly known as 'tip-plasty.' Tip-rhinoplasty refers to the shaping of the nasal tip. Tip rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of the tip in relation to the other structures of the nose

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About Tip Rhinoplasty

by Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Learn More About Dr. Kassir

Tip Rhinoplasty or tip-plasty, is the surgical procedure that involves reshaping the tip of the nose. Dr. Kassir specializes in tip rhinoplasty, where he reshapes the tip of the nose to create better harmony with the other nasal features. Dr. Kassir has performed over 8,000 rhinoplasties in his 22 years of practice, making him an expert in nasal reconstruction. Tip rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of the tip in relation to the other structures of the nose by lifting a dropping tip, reducing the size of the nostrils, or reducing or increasing the size or projection of the tip.

What is a Tip Rhinoplasty?

A tip-plasty is the process of surgically refining the tip of the nose to create better symmetry and harmony with the rest of the nasal features. During a tip rhinoplasty, Dr. Kassir can remove cartilage if the nasal tip is too bulbous in order to thin and refine the tip. For patients with an under projected tip, Dr. Kassir typically uses a cartilage graft taken from the ear or rib to create a more prominent tip. 

You may be a good candidate for tip-rhinoplasty if:

  • You are unhappy with the appearance of your nasal tip
  • You have a bulbous tip
  • The tip of your nose is asymmetrical
  • The tip of your nose is droopy
  • Your tip is over or under-projected
  • Your columella is hanging
  • Your nostrils are wide
  • Your nostrils are asymmetrical 

Recovery From Tip Rhinoplasty 

The recovery time from a tip rhinoplasty varies among the depth of each procedure. The recovery is often similar to that of full rhinoplasty procedure, in which the recovery is up to 1 week, while sutures are removed within 4 days. For minor procedures, such as a columella resection, it can be done under local anesthesia while the patient is awake. For more complex reconstruction procedures, the patient goes under general anesthesia. Dr. Kassir's technique enures a quicker recovery time with fewer complications, with the majority of swelling reduced in 4 weeks. It is important for patients to see an experienced plastic surgeon to ensure best possible results so that a revision tip-plasty is not necessary. Dr. Kassir, a triple board certified plastic surgeon, is able to shape and define the nasal tip the way patients want, using digital imaging to truly understand the patient's aesthetic goal. 

 

Tip Rhinoplasty: Questions & Answers

How is a tip rhinoplasty different from a typical rhinoplasty?

A tip rhinoplasty, as the name suggests, is only dedicated to the reshaping (usually elevation or depression), rotation, or other modification of the tip. In this procedure, the nasal bones are not tampered with, leading to quicker recovery times. However, this option is usually limited to select patients because, often, rhinoplasties often need to engage the bridge of the nose.

Can a tip rhinoplasty lead to a thinner nose?

It is important for patients when considering a tip rhinoplasty to consider the name of the procedure carefully. A “tip” rhinoplasty restricts itself essentially to its namesake, the tip of the nose, not the bridge or any other area. Therefore, it is a procedure which is limited to a specific set of patients with tip-related deformities only. Often, patients who desire a thinner nose will need to have a full rhinoplasty done so that the tip does not look disproportionately thin.

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