A bulbous or drooping nose and nasal tip can be the product of aging, genetics or a prior rhinoplasty or nose job surgery gone awry. As we age, nasal skin becomes thicker and the tip of the nose begins to droop in response to the long-term affects of gravity and the loss of bone volume and cartilage. Sometimes drooping nose can be the result of a super-strong muscle between the tip of the nose and the upper lip. This muscle pulls the tip of the nose down when you smile. Unfortunately, if the muscle is too strong, it may pull the tip of the nose down even when you’re not! Luckily, a simple cosmetic surgery to weaken this muscle may do the trick!
In African-Americans/Blacks and Asians the tip of the is more likely to be fllatter and wider tip, while Mediterraneans, Middle-Easterners and Indians are more likely to have pointed, drooping tips. The size, shape and strength of the cartilages forming the nasal tip may be the culprits for the drooping tip, and surgical correction may be quite straightforward. Many times, the plastic surgeon can shape and support the natural cartilage with sutures. Occasionally, there is a need for grafts or implants.
A drooping tip may not only cause aesthetic concerns. It may also interfere with your ability to breathe freely. To test if this is the case for you, push the tip of your nose up with your finger and see if it’s easier to breathe. If it is, nasal tip refinement plastic surgery might benefit you both cosmetically and functionally.
Fortunately, a cosmetic plastic surgeon can refine the nasal tip, without typically having to break the nasal bones. The recovery is nearly painless. Tip refinement plastic surgery can be combined with other procedures such as a facelift, neck lift or blepharoplasty (eyelid lift).
Cosmetic rhinoplasty or nose job surgery can be performed in Dr. Yagoda’s Manhattan/ New York City (NYC) office-based surgical facility or in a NYC hospital, under local anesthetic with IV sedation or under general anesthesia. This plastic surgery procedure to correct the drooping nose takes between 45 minutes and two hours. The exact surgical technique is uniquely tailored by the plastic surgeon for each patient but most of the time, all incisions are made internally and there are no visible scars. Sometimes, an incision is made at the base of the nostrils and the incision is carefully hidden.
You can return to work in about a week after your plastic surgery and you’ll be able to use a stationary bike or treadmill by the second week. By the third week, you can return to full activities. Although you’ll see immediate improvement, your nose’s shape and your profile will continue to refine over the next 12 to 18 months.
Like all surgery, rhinoplasty has certain risks including infection, bleeding, and reaction to anesthesia. Other risks include structural damage to the nose. Dr. Yagoda will discuss these potential risks as well as the benefits of this plastic surgery procedure in full during your consultation in her New York City (NYC)/ Manhattan office.
To determine if you might benefit from rhinoplasty or nose job surgery, call Dr. Yagoda today to schedule your personal comprehensive plastic surgery consultation in her New York, NY office.
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