Rhinoplasty is an extremely versatile surgery. It can fix a wide number of severe nasal deformities, breathing issues, and cosmetic problems. However, many people are not looking for rhinoplasty to solve a major nasal issue. Rhinoplasty can also be used to make subtle changes to the appearance of the nose, creating better facial balance and harmony for issues like asymmetrical nostrils, a bulbous nasal tip, and more. For many of these issues, prospective patients often believe that only the nasal tip will need to be operated on. But is this really the case?
Tip rhinoplasty involves reshaping the tip to lift it, make it smaller, or otherwise change its shape. Patients seeking tip rhinoplasty usually have no major issues with the aesthetics of the rest of their nose, and desire only subtle changes. Nasal tip refinement can enhance the beauty of the nose and face significantly in some patients.
Will It Be Enough?
Tip rhinoplasty may be appropriate for some patients, but for many, more work is likely to be needed. This is due to effect rhinoplasty has on facial balance. Once the tip is changed, the nose may appear out of balance with itself or the rest of the face, and it may be best to do a more extensive procedure to achieve better facial harmony. Often, it is best to work on the nose as a whole. Only a rhinoplasty specialist will be able to give specific advice about who is a good candidate for tip rhinoplasty. Because each case is unique, it is impossible to get a reliable assessment without an in-person consultation with a prospective surgeon.
A Difference in Cost?
Many patients are under the impression that tip rhinoplasty will be significantly cheaper than full rhinoplasty, but this is not alwaystrue. This procedure still requires anesthesia and involves an extremely difficult surgery, requiring skill and experience. While the cost may be a bit lower than for a more extensive rhinoplasty, tip rhinoplasty will still involve a decent expenditure–at least a few thousand dollars.
Your Tip Rhinoplasty Consultation
Consultations are extremely valuable to the potential tip rhinoplasty patient, as there are a number of elements to meeting with surgeons, including:
1. Assessing candidacy and reviewing goals
Potential surgeons will assess your nose and discuss your goals for surgery. He or she will also determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, and advise you on whether tip rhinoplasty is appropriate in your case.
2. Asking specific questions
You should do general research on your broader questions from your computer, and learn as much about the procedure as you can before the consultation. Use valuable time with the doctor to ask specific questions about your case, or questions you were not able to find satisfactory answers to.
3. Developing rapport
A skilled and experienced doctor may not be the right provider for you if you cannot see yourself trusting or developing a rapport with him or her. Consultations provide an opportunity to get to know each doctor.
4. Learning more about the procedure
Surgeons you meet with will have their own way of doing things, and you can learn more about the specifics of your potential procedure by discussing the surgical process.
5. Using computer imaging software to preview results
Although not a reliable indicator of your final results, computer imaging can help you see if tip rhinoplasty will be a good choice for accomplishing your goals. The preview allows for better communication and can help you make decisions about your procedure.
Whatever decisions you make about your rhinoplasty, it is very important to keep your expectations realistic. Perfection is not possible with cosmetic surgery, and even vast improvement can take a while to get used to following the procedure. Like all rhinoplasty surgery, swelling will take several months to subside entirely, so final results will not be visible for a while following the procedure.
Keeping your expectations and goals for surgery reasonable will help you be happy with your new nose, and make it less likely for you to seek an unnecessary revision. Of course, there are some cases in which a second surgery is called for, but if you choose a qualified and talented surgeon, follow all care instructions, and keep your expectations realistic, you are likely to have a good outcome the first time around.
Get Answers and Advice
You will not be able to make decisions about your rhinoplasty before speaking to an expert plastic surgeon. Only a board certified rhinoplasty specialist is qualified to give you advice on your specific case. Remember, your surgeon will be the most important variable in the success of your rhinoplasty, assuming you are a good candidate.
If you would like to speak with a facial plastic surgeon who has dedicated over two decades to the art of rhinoplasty, then come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Stuart Bentkover is board certified, compassionate, and works to give each patient a beautiful, natural result. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.