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How Tip Plasty Can Help Your Nose Look More Refined

Do you need Tip Plasty?

A tip plasty can make a huge different to how you look. The nasal tip is the focal point of the face and, hence, is extremely important for achieving an overall balance and symmetry to the facial proportions. A broad or bulky nasal tip can “drown-out” the other features of the face and, even, make a person look dull and unintelligent. A tip that is too sharp and pointy, on the other hand, is often said to make a person look “shrew-like” and untrustworthy.

A nose tip that points down and forms a peculiar angle with the lip, makes the person come across as rigid or unfriendly. Sometimes, a drooping nose also causes difficulty in breathing easily.

The ideal nasal tip is slightly upturned and not bulbous but, at the same time, is not overtly pointy.

Tip Plasty is a surgical procedure which is specifically aimed at getting a better looking nasal tip. Creating a symmetric nasal tip with the right projection, rotation and proportion to other parts of the nose is what this procedure is meant to achieve.

Who should get a Tip Plasty done?

A tip plasty is ideal for those with the following nasal tip characteristics:

  • A bulbous, broad or bulky nasal tip that looks too heavy compared to the rest of the facial features.
  • A tip that is too short or that lacks definition.
  • A tip that is droopy or rotated downwards (a condition called ptosis)
  • An overtly pointy tip
  • A “piggy nose” tip that is turned upwards, making the nostrils look too visible from a frontal view.


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Is Tip Plasty done standalone or should it be combined with an overall rhinoplasty?

This really depends on your overall nose shape. In most people, the nose has a number of imperfections, both cosmetically as well functionally, and therefore a tip plasty is usually performed as a part of a more holistic rhinoplasty procedure.

If the nasal dorsal line is nearly perfect and the height and shape of the nasal bridge looks normal, then the plastic surgeon will choose to work only on the tip of your nose. It is important to examine the components of nose like the bone structure, thickness of skin, cartilage and mucosa before the surgery.

Tip Plasty is ideal for candidates who do not have any problems in the structure of the bones but are not happy with the angle between the nose tip and the upper lip or the broadness of the nasal tip or feel that the tip is either too bulky or too pointy. Sometime the perceived deformity is due to the formation of excess cartilage at the tip of the nose. In such cases, Tip Plasty is an ideal procedure.

How is the Tip Plasty procedure done?

The surgery is similar to a normal rhinoplasty surgery but less extensive. Unlike a full-fledged rhinoplasty, a Tip Plasty surgery is specifically aimed at reshaping the tip of the nose and does not aim to make any structural changes to the bone or the dorsal line. During the procedure the cartilages in the nose tip are repositioned and reshaped depending on the objectives. Following are the main types of intervention depending on the perceived deformity that needs to be corrected:

– Tip plasty for a bulbous nose tip: In the case of a bulbous nose which is characterized by thick nose skin and soft tissues, the procedure reduces the size of the nasal tip by removing excess soft tissue.

– Tip plasty for a pointy nose tip: If the nose is too pointy, then the plastic surgeon will focus on adding some volume to the nasal tip by augmenting cartilage taken from another part of the nose such as the septum or, indeed, from another part of the body such as the ears or the ribs. Ear cartilage is considered ideal material for tip augmentation due its soft and pliable nature.

– Tip plasty for an upwardly rotated or a drooping nose tip: In both these cases, the surgeon might just choose to rotate the nasal tip up or down to the desired angle rather than actually reshaping the tip by adding or removing cartilage.

Tip Plasty procedure takes around 20-30 mins. The procedure is performed under sedation or local anesthesia.


What happens after the Tip Plasty?

At the end of the operation, silicone nasal splints are inserted which are typically removed on the following day. A paper band is put on the nose to support the new shape of the nose and can be removed within 7 days. Post the 7 days the final result can be seen. Following are some common precautions following a tip plasty:

  • Do not rub or bump your nose tip as any trauma can lead to displacement of the tip and cause bleeding and swelling.
  • Avoid strenuous activity or any manner of exercise for at least 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery to avoid prolonged swelling.
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke for at least 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery in order to let the nose heal, uninterrupted.
  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun for around 6 months following the procedure as UV rays can prolong swelling and lead to permanent discoloration of the nose.

How long will it take to recover from the Tip Plasty?

A tip plasty, when performed in isolation, is typically just an outpatient procedure and you can go back home on the same day. Almost no swelling and bruising is observed. Since the procedure doesn’t involve any change to the bone structure, it is fairly painless.

The procedure is done by making a small incision in an area where no visible scar can be seen. When it involved augmentation of non-nasal cartilage, however, you will also have an incision on your ear or on the chest in those rare cases where rib cartilage is used for the tip augmentation.

It is important to be cautious to avoid any trauma to the nose for at least one month following the surgery. Most of the nasal tip swelling typically subsides within 2-3 months but residual swelling can last up to a year or longer.

How much will a Tip Plasty cost you?

A pure tip plasty in South Korea or Thailand can cost anywhere between USD 1,500 to USD 4,500 depending on how extensive the procedure is and whether it involves harvesting cartilage from another part of the body, in which case it is at the higher end of the range. The cost can also be higher if you have had prior surgeries on the nose or, specifically, on the nasal tip.

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