Rhinoplasty for Bulbous Tip

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Can Rhinoplasty for Bulbous Tip Improve Your Nose?

As far as facial features go, the nose is one of the most prominent, so it’s natural to want it to be proportionate to your face to achieve a balanced appearance.

Some features or characteristics that people may want to improve include a crooked bridge, wide nose or a bulbous nose tip. One of the most common fixes for these cosmetic issues is cosmetic rhinoplasty that can help resize, reshape, or contour the nose to reduce a wide tip and improve overall proportions.

What is a bulbous nose?

Among the many different nose shapes, a bulbous nose is described as large, prominently rounded, and lacking definition. The tip is curved, typically extending outwards, and is wider than the nose bridge. A bulbous nose is also one of the most common nasal complaints.

What causes this nose shape is mainly genetics, though there are cases where people develop this bulbosity later in life. Some other causes and characteristics of a bulbous nose include:

  • Poorly defined hypertrophic lower lateral cartilage
  • Round dome shape
  • Poor cartilage strength
  • Heavy soft tissue coverage
  • Thick nasal skin
  • Certain medical conditions and lifestyle practices

Men are also more likely to have bulbous noses compared to women.

Ethnicity & Bulbous Noses

Bulbous and wide noses are commonly seen in certain ethnic backgrounds, particularly those who live in warmer climates. A simplified explanation from studies says that noses adapted to the surrounding temperature and humidity as part of human evolution. In particular, in tropical regions where the air is hot and rarefied, a wide nose with open nostrils would help the person inhale more air with less effort.

Can rhinoplasty fix a bulbous nose?

Can a bulbous nose be reduced? With a nose job, absolutely. In fact, there are specialized rhinoplasty procedures that focus on altering bulbous, round, or wide nose tips, resulting in a much more refined, softer shape that complements the face.

As bulbous tips are commonly seen in certain ethnic backgrounds, the type of nose surgery that’s usually recommended is ethnic rhinoplasty.

How rhinoplasty for bulbous tip is performed

A rhinoplasty procedure refines the nasal tip to create a more refined balance between the nose and facial appearance. Closed rhinoplasty is performed for minor alterations of the bulbous tip, while an open procedure is recommended for advanced refinement.

Open rhinoplasty allows for better access and for more complex techniques to be performed, which include:

  • Removing and reshaping the cartilage
  • Suturing
  • Debulking the skin by reducing subcutaneous fat and muscle around the tip
  • Using cartilage grafts from a corrected septum after a septoplasty procedure

How do you fix a bulbous nose tip with rhinoplasty?

Typically, rhinoplasty for a bulbous tip is performed by removing small edges of the cartilage in order to refine them. Specialized suturing techniques will then be used to create a sharp yet natural-looking nose tip. Cartilage grafts may be used to achieve a more refined nasal profile. For thick-skinned patients, thinning of the nasal tip skin may be performed to achieve the desired nose shape.

Natural, Aesthetic Results with Sedgh Plastic Surgery

Nose surgeries, especially ethnic and other customized rhinoplasties, should be done by a facial plastic surgeon with industry knowledge, extensive training, and aesthetic excellence, like Dr. Jacob Sedgh.

Dr. Sedgh is one of the most accomplished nose surgeons in Los Angeles, being board-certified in two specialties — plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology. Under his care, you can expect long-lasting aesthetic results. For consultations or inquiries, you can contact us today.

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When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.