If you have a bulbous nasal tip, then you are far from alone. While it might feel like everyone else has a more beautiful nose than you do, one of the most common problems prospective rhinoplasty patients consult a plastic surgeon for is a bulbous nasal tip. Because of this, experienced plastic surgeons are very good at addressing the problem and improving overall facial harmony and balance.
So how does rhinoplasty for a bulbous nose work, and how can you set yourself up for success with your surgery?
Causes of a Bulbous Nose
A bulbous nose refers to a nose that has a rounded shape to the nasal tip. The nasal tip is poorly defined and wide, which is often especially distressing to women with this trait. There are several causes of a bulbous nasal tip, and most of the time, they are unavoidable. Causes of a bulbous nose include:
Unfortunately, sometimes the cause of a bulbous nasal tip has to do with genetic influences. Additional cartilage or fatty tissue in the nasal tip can run in families and influence the appearance of the nose in a negative way. A bulbous nasal tip is a common problem among people of Hispanic, Asian, or African backgrounds, though anyone can possess the trait. Thick skin also influences the problem, as it can contribute to poor overall definition in the nasal tip.
Injury to the nose, especially from contact sports such as boxing, can create a bulbous appearance to the nasal tip. When the cartilage in the nose is damaged, it can lose definition and scar tissue can build up, leading to an enlarged, rounded appearance.
A skin disorder that develops and worsens over time, rhynophyma is not well understood even today, but the condition is linked to severe cases of rosacea. Symptoms of rhynophyma include a large, red, bumpy-looking nose that can be disfiguring over time. If left untreated, rhynophyma may require surgical treatment to correct. Rhynophyma shares many of the same characteristics as other types of bulbous nasal tips.
The Surgical Process
The focus of this type of rhinoplasty, of course, is the nasal tip. General anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is used during the procedure, and the plastic surgeon may use either a closed technique (no external incisions) or an open technique (one small incision between the nostrils) to access the nasal tip.
There are several techniques a surgeon can use to improve definition and define the nasal tip, and a skilled plastic surgeon will tailor the procedure to the patient and combine techniques as necessary. Some techniques include permanent sutures to add definition, cartilage refinement and trimming, cartilage grafting, and removal of scar tissue and fatty tissue if necessary.
Will You Fix Just the Nasal Tip?
When it comes to getting a bulbous nasal tip fixed, many patients are under the impression that only the nasal tip needs to be addressed during surgery. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, particularly for patients who are correcting a genetic bulbous tip. This is because the symmetry and balance of the nose is extremely complex, and is reliant on so many different factors, that it is often impossible for the surgeon to create the desired outcome for the patient without adjusting other aspects of the nose. Patients should expect to have comprehensive changes to the nose in order to best meet the goals of the procedure.
The nose is an extremely prominent facial feature that plays a major role in the overall balance and aesthetics of the face. Fixing a bulbous nasal tip should yield benefits to the face as a whole, not just the nose itself. Patients should be prepared for big aesthetic changes to the face, even if the changes to the nose are relatively minor, due to improvement in overall balance and symmetry.
Setting Yourself Up For Success
Improving a bulbous nasal tip is a difficult and complex procedure, and the surgery should only be attempted by an expert facial plastic surgeon with years of experience. Only a specialist with extensive knowledge of surgical techniques, facial aesthetics, and customization can provide patients with consistently good results. If you are thinking of moving forward with rhinoplasty, you can set yourself up for success by doing your research and choosing the right surgeon for you.
If you are looking for an acclaimed expert in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery and meet with board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover has decades of experience, a passion for rhinoplasty, and the versatile skills to assist patients of all demographics. Call Dr. Bentkover’s Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA locations today to schedule your consultation.