What is a Tip Rhinoplasty (Mini Nose Job)?
Tip rhinoplasty, also known as a tip plasty or mini nose job is a type of rhinoplasty procedure that is designed to improve the shape of the nasal tip. Reducing or enlarging the appearance of the nose tip can be carried out without altering the bony structure of the nose. Tip rhinoplasty does not involve any bone being fractured to reshape the nose, and healing and recovery are therefore much quicker, hence the term, mini nose job. Tip Rhinoplasty or Rhino-tip correction is a more straightforward procedure to improve the nose’s appearance with less scarring than a traditional rhinoplasty. Our expert rhinoplasty surgeons are based in London, UK, at our state-of-the-art Baker Street clinic in Marylebone.
What are the benefits of tip Rhinoplasty?
Tip rhinoplasty is commonly requested by patients to come to see us at Centre for Surgery in London. The aesthetic results achievable with a mini nose job can be significant with a dramatic impact on facial aesthetics. Tip Rhinoplasty can also have medical benefits as the procedure is known to improve nasal airway function which helps to treat difficulty in breathing through the nose. A tip-plasty is commonly combined with a septoplasty procedure to treat a deviated or crooked nasal septum most commonly as a result of injury or ageing. Patients can achieve better breathing with the elimination of snoring combined with a more well-defined and sculpted nasal tip.
For patients who are concerned about the size or shape of the nasal tip oh do not like the excessive flaring of their nostrils than a tip Rhinoplasty could be the ideal procedure. Rhino tip correction is designed to achieve a more sculpted nasal tip with increased definition with a nasolabial angle that is in better balance with the rest of the face. Patients who have a bulbous nasal tip or a flattened nasal tip can develop a significant loss of self-confidence which can be effectively restored with a mini nose job.
The tip rhinoplasty procedure has benefits beyond the improvement of the aesthetic appearance of the nose tip with the ability to deliver medical benefits leading to a significant boost in emotional well-being. Our expert rhinoplasty surgeons can transform the appearance of your nasal tip using advanced rhinoplasty techniques learnt from the world’s top rhinoplasty surgeons. A traditional full rhinoplasty is more complex to perform compared with a tip rhinoplasty. Recovery and healing are much quicker and with a lower risk of complications occurring with tip rhinoplasty.
Am I suitable for tip rhinoplasty?
Tip rhinoplasty is a highly effective technique to reshape the nose to achieve the look you’ve always desired. People who have a crooked nasal tip may develop a significant loss of self-confidence with a reduction in emotional well-being.
The following deformities of the nasal tip are suitable for correction with tip rhinoplasty:
- A bulbous nasal tip
- Short nasal tip that requires lengthening
- Long nasal tip that requires shortening
- Hooked nose tip ‘Parrot Beak’ tip
- Flat nasal tip
- Narrow or pinched nasal tip
- Nasal to collapse after a traditional rhinoplasty
Patients should ideally be non-smokers and be in good physical and mental health with no chronic medical conditions. Smoking can significantly impaired healing and recovery and we would recommend stopping smoking at least four weeks before the procedure and for at least four weeks afterwards. Patients should have realistic expectations of what to expect with a mini nose job and fall into one of the categories above.
The consultation serves as the foundation of your tip rhinoplasty patient journey and is often the most important step. Your surgeon will take a medical history and carry out a physical examination and will also take pictures of your nose to determine the best surgical technique to use to make sure you get the best results. It is important that you have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve so that your surgeon can help to select the best type of procedure. If you are not fully open about your goals for treatment, you may have lower satisfaction after the procedure and we would recommend being fully open about your goals and what you would like to achieve with the procedure.
Tip rhinoplasty is ideal for people who are unhappy with the shape of the tip of the nose but generally pleased with the overall structure of the nose. If you are also concerned about the upper third of your nose including a prominent nasal bridge, then a traditional rhinoplasty may be a better option for you.
If you would like to find out if you are a suitable candidate for tip rhinoplasty, give us a call today to book a consultation at our London clinic.
What does the tip plasty procedure involve?
Rhino tip correction is a straightforward procedure that takes approximately one to 2 hours to perform. The procedure is most commonly carried out under a general anaesthetic for your complete comfort however some very minor nasal tip procedures may be performed under a local anaesthetic alone. Your surgeon will advise you on the most ideal method of anaesthesia at your consultation. Tip rhinoplasty can be carried out using either an open technique or a closed technique depending on the nature of correction required and your surgeon’s level of expertise.
The open technique involves making an incision on the skin between the two nostrils known as the columella and this results in the formation of a scar. Your surgeon takes great care to close the scar using meticulous techniques to ensure the scar looks as faint as possible. The closed technique involves all incisions being made inside the nose and therefore does not result in visible external scores. Tip Rhinoplasty using the closed method is also much quicker to perform compared with the open technique.
Most types of cartilage surgery involve improving the appearance of a nose by gently separating and identifying the nasal cartilage as part of a cartilage surgery or by reduction of the size of the nostrils. Large nostrils may result in the nose appearing flattened despite having a prominent nasal bridge. Rhinoplasty to reduce the size of the nostrils is known as alar base reduction (alarplasty) or nostril reduction.
The most common type of tip rhinoplasty involves surgically altering the cartilage for improvement of the appearance of the nasal tip including:
- Cartilage shortening involves reducing the size of the alar cartridges. This helps to reduce their overall width. Bulbous noses can be made smaller and pointier with this technique.
- Cartilage repositioning is ideal for patients who have short noses that are rotated upwards or for patients who are having tip work performed after a traditional Rhinoplasty. This technique often involves repositioning the septal cartilage for a more defined and sculpted nasal appearance.
- Cartilage implants may be used to add structural support to the nasal tip and reduce the appearance of a flattened nose. Your Surgeon will first remove fat from the nasal tip prior to placement of the implant. This procedure is often combined with cartilage repositioning four a better defined and sculpted nasal tip.
Alar reduction or alarplasty is performed at the base of the nostrils using two recognised techniques:
- Removal of excessive alar skin may be used to reduce the appearance of flared nostrils appearance and lead to an increased height of your nasal tip. Incisions are most commonly positioned on the outside and lower part of the nostrils to minimise the appearance of scars.
- The nasal sill method involves producing similar results to the surgical removal of alar skin but all incisions are made in the inner part of the nostrils followed by stitching the skin together between both nostrils to reduce the width of the nasal alar area.
To find out the most appropriate technique, get in touch with us today to book a mini nose job consultation.
What is recovery like after tip rhinoplasty?
The recovery period after tip Rhinoplasty is generally very straightforward with only mild bruising and minimal discomfort which can be easily improved with over-the-counter pain medications. Your surgeon will prescribe a course of painkillers for you to take after your procedure before you are discharged. You will need to wear the applied nasal splint for one week after the procedure and this is designed to protect the delicate nasal tip whilst it is healing. You should avoid strenuous physical activities including going to the gym for a minimum of four weeks after the procedure. You should avoid wearing glasses for six weeks after tip Rhinoplasty for optimal healing of your incisions. We would recommend that you avoid blowing your nose or picking your nose during the recovery period as these may lead to a delay in wound healing and may also affect the results of surgery.
Smoking should be avoided for at least six weeks after surgery to minimise the risk of infection occurring. Wound infection may result in a delay in wound healing. Alcohol should be avoided for the first week after surgery to promote better wound healing.
What are the risks and complications of tip rhinoplasty?
Rhino tip correction is less invasive compared with a traditional rhinoplasty and there are fewer risks and complications associated with tip Rhinoplasty. However it is still a type of surgical procedure and all Surgery carries certain risks and complications. If you are unsure about this, make sure to discuss this with your surgeon before deciding to proceed further. Recognised risks of rhino-tip correction include:
- Temporary numbness of the nasal tip
- Delayed wound healing
- Unsatisfactory results necessitate having a revision rhinoplasty
The vast majority of patients are extremely pleased with the outcome of this procedure and any side effects and risks are considered to be rare when performed by highly skilled rhinoplasty surgery.
How does tip rhinoplasty differ from traditional rhinoplasty?Tip Rhinoplasty is a minimally invasive type of nose surgery that is designed to improve the shape and appearance of the nasal tip and associated cartilage framework. The procedure does not involve any body work including fracturing the nose and is specifically designed to create a better defined and sculpted nasal tip.
A traditional rhinoplasty is designed to correct all parts of the nose including the cartilage, phone, nasal bridge and nasal tip. It is designed to create a symmetrical and smaller nose by removing targeted amounts of bone and cartilage.
How long does it take to heal after tip rhinoplasty?Rhino tip correction can take up to 12 months to fully heal although you will begin to see results after six weeks. The initial recovery period is approximately two weeks and may be quicker in some cases depending on the amount of work carried out. Many patients may develop significant swelling that will mask the results of surgery for at least three months. Full results after tip Rhinoplasty take up to 12 months to appear.
Am I too young for a tip rhinoplasty?Tip Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure for the improvement of the appearance of the nasal tip and can be carried out at any age above 18.
Is tip rhinoplasty worth itTip rhinoplasty is a highly effective procedure that the vast majority of patients are extremely pleased with. The healing period involves bruising and swelling during the first weeks and months after the procedure. The recovery after a tip rhinoplasty is much quicker compared with traditional Rhinoplasty with minimal scarring and it's quicker to perform compared with a full rhinoplasty. To learn about the pros and cons of rhino tip correction, get in touch with us today to book a consultation.