Rhinoplasty for the Bulbous Nose: What You Should Know to Get the Best Results
The nose is a prominent facial feature, and certain characteristics can make it even more prominent. A bulbous nose is a common nasal complaint where the tip of the nose is rounded and enlarged. Rhinoplasty for the bulbous nose refines the tip, creating harmony within the nose and enhancing your facial appearance.
When your nose isn’t stealing all the attention, people can see you, not just your nose. Contact Dr. Lee to schedule your Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty consultation.
Watch a clip from episode 1 of E!’s Dr. 90210 where Dr. Michelle Lee performs a rhinoplasty on a gorgeous patient concerned about a wide, bulbous nose:
What Is a Bulbous Tip?
A bulbous tip occurs when the tip of the nose is enlarged and rounded in appearance.
What causes a bulbous tip? Genetics are a primary cause of a bulbous tip, but some people develop this feature later in life. Men are more likely to have a bulbous tip than women. Causes of a bulbous tip include:
- Poorly defined cartilage
- Weak cartilage strength
- Heavy soft tissue coverage
- Thick nasal skin
- Some medical conditions and lifestyle practices
Reshaping the Bulbous Tip: How Rhinoplasty Helps
Rhinoplasty is a procedure that involves reshaping the nose. Patients with a bulbous tip can benefit from rhinoplasty for a more attractive nasal tip.
Dr. Lee uses several techniques to refine and shape the bulbous tip including:
Cartilage Removal and Shaping
Cartilage from the nasal tip is removed and the remaining cartilage is reshaped. This shaping reduces the size and roundness of the bulbous tip.
Suturing to Create a Sharper Nasal Tip
Specialized suturing techniques that bring the nasal tip into a more pointed shape. This suturing must be carefully performed to ensure a natural-looking result.
Dr. Lee is a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon and uses the latest techniques to create a beautiful and natural-looking tip refinement for patients with a bulbous nose.
Will I Need an Open or Closed Rhinoplasty for My Bulbous Tip Reshaping?
Minor tweaks to the nasal tip can be accomplished using a closed rhinoplasty technique. For a more advanced refinement, an open rhinoplasty may be recommended. An open procedure provides better access and allows for more cartilage removal and tip shaping.
- Closed Rhinoplasty- A type of rhinoplasty where all incisions are made inside of the nostrils. This type of rhinoplasty leaves no visible scarring.
- Open Rhinoplasty- An open rhinoplasty provides better access and visibility to your plastic surgeon. In an open procedure, one incision is made across the columella, the tissue strip that divides the nostrils. Additional incisions are made inside of the nostrils. While a small incision is made on the skin of the nose, once you heal, it should fade dramatically. Most people don’t notice the scar easily.
Dr. Lee will help you decide which technique is needed for your best results during your consultation.
Increase Facial Harmony with Bulbous Tip Rhinoplasty
Do you have a bulbous tip? Rhinoplasty helps many patients with this nasal feature to achieve increased facial harmony. Often, patients with a prominent nose find that their nose is the first thing people see. Rhinoplasty reduces the prominence of the nose, helping it to blend with and complement your other features. View our rhinoplasty gallery here.