Working on the tip of the nose during rhinoplasty is not only one of the more important but one of the more challenging aspects of the job. Many of our clients here in the Chicago area come to us interested in modifying the tip of their nose whether it be because it’s too wide, too large, too flat or a combination of complaints.
Tip rhinoplasty is typically just a portion of an entire rhinoplasty procedure and it’s pretty rare to only need a tip rhinoplasty. In general a rhinoplasty procedure addresses several distinct anatomic parts of the nose, including the tip, the bridge, the radix (starting point of the bridge at the top of the bridge), tip etc… The tip of the nose is comprised of skin, subcutaneous tissues, and the paired lower lateral cartilages that begin to form the nostrils.
The tip of the nose has several cosmetic features that can be altered during a rhinoplasty surgery. Typically we can increase or decrease the projection of the tip by manipulating the septum of the nose and the arched lower lateral cartilages of nose (the part before the nostril skin starts). Adjusting the rotation of the tip, the angle between the tip of the nose and the upper lip, the width of the tip, and the vertical height of the widest portion of the tip, can all influence the appearance of the tip and are also often addressed during tip rhinoplasty.
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