The nose plays a vital role in one’s facial harmony. The size and shape of the nose can either complement or draw attention away from other facial features, making it an incredibly important aspect of the face. As such, nose job procedures (rhinoplasty) are one of the top plastic surgery treatments in the world. Findings from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicate that over 200,000 rhinoplasty procedures are performed every year.
The term "bulbous" nose is used to describe a condition where the tip of the nose has an excessively rounded or bulging appearance. In certain cases, this portion of the nose may also have an upturned, droopy, or hooked appearance, with a nasal tip that’s wider than the nose bridge. This can result in an unbalanced, aesthetically displeasing nose.
What is a bulbous nose?
A bulbous nose is a condition that is characterized by an excessively rounded or bulging nasal tip. A bulbous nose tip can be caused by various factors and, thankfully, it can be corrected through a surgical procedure known as rhinoplasty. This treatment involves reshaping and redefining the nasal tip (and other areas) to achieve an aesthetic that is more in line with the patient’s ideal look.
What causes a bulbous nose tip?
Bulbous noses can be caused by various factors. As such, it is vital that patients consult with a highly revered practitioner in order to find out what the cause of their nasal issues is. Bulbous noses are typically the result of having thicker skin around the tip of the nose, weaker cartilage, or hypertrophic lower lateral cartilage under the skin that didn’t develop properly. The condition can also be caused by a mix of factors rather than just one. Ultimately, the cause will determine the approach taken to correct the issue.
What are the benefits?
Bulbous tip rhinoplasty is a procedure that offers numerous benefits to patients who are struggling with a bulbous nose tip. Some of the benefits of this procedure include:
Improved facial symmetry: A bulbous nose tip can ruin the balance and symmetry of one’s face. Rhinoplasty creates a more harmonious facial appearance by bringing balance to the face.
A boost in self-confidence: Patients who struggle with a bulbous nasal tip are no strangers to feeling self-conscious. By achieving a more aesthetically pleasing nose, patients start to feel more confident in themselves.
Improved breathing: In some cases, a bulbous nose tip can cause functional issues, such as impeding one’s ability to breathe properly. Rhinoplasty can correct these issues, improving the patient’s overall quality of life.
Long-lasting results: The results of bulbous tip rhinoplasty can last for many years, making it a cost-effective solution for patients who are looking to improve the appearance of their noses.
Customized results: Rhinoplasty is a highly individualized treatment that can be tailored to address the needs of all patients suffering from a bulbous nasal tip.
Who is a candidate for a bulbous tip rhinoplasty?
To be considered a candidate for any type of rhinoplasty, it is important that the patient’s facial features have finished developing. This typically happens around 18 to 20 years of age. Patients who are seeking to correct a bulbous nose tip must first be evaluated by a qualified healthcare professional to determine if their issues can be addressed through cartilage or tissue refinement and repositioning.
Other factors that determine candidacy include:
- Being in good overall health
- Being a nonsmoker
- The size and/or shape of the patient’s nose is diminishing their confidence
What does the treatment involve?
Bulbous tip rhinoplasty is a procedure that involves removing small edges of the nasal cartilage in order to bring more definition to the nose. Specialized suturing techniques are then employed to create a nasal tip that is both sharp and natural in appearance. Cartilage grafts may also be used to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing nasal profile.
What is the recovery process like?
Following a bulbous tip rhinoplasty, downtime typically lasts around two weeks. During this period of time, it is vital that patients rest with their heads in an elevated position as much as possible and have pillows on hand (which should be sorted out before undergoing surgery). Following the procedure, patients will be discharged from the office with a cast, taping, and stitches. The taping can be taken off after 2 to 3 days, but the cast and stitches will need to stay in place for one to two weeks.
It is normal for patients to experience swelling following a rhinoplasty procedure, and this will gradually dissipate over the course of a few months. While 90% of the swelling goes down during the first three months of recovery, the full results can take up to a full year to be perceivable. Considering that the nasal tip is an incredibly sensitive area, it may take longer for it to heal.
It is vital that patients avoid driving for a week and all vigorous activity (exercise) for at least three weeks. Rest and relaxation are of the utmost importance during the recovery process.
Why choose Dr. Wise?
Dr. Wise is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey with a reputation for excellence throughout the international cosmetology community. He is highly revered for his cutting-edge and proven surgical techniques that achieve full facial rejuvenation with an emphasis on artistry. Above all, he values the preservation of his patients' innate beauty while achieving the enhancements they desire.
In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Wise also serves as a Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at NYU School of Medicine. This means that patients who choose Dr. Wise can feel confident that they are receiving the highest caliber of care available.
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