Tip Rhinoplasty Sydney NSW

Tip rhinoplasty, also known as nasal tip surgery, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that reshapes the nasal tip. This procedure involves altering the size, shape, or projection of the nasal tip. Depending on your nose condition, a tip rhinoplasty may reduce excess tissue or lift the nasal tip.

What is Tip Rhinoplasty?

A tip rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that reshapes the nasal tip. It involves modifying the cartilage and tissue of the lower lateral nasal cartilage to change the appearance of the nose. The procedure can address concerns such as a wide or prominent nasal tip, asymmetrical nasal tip shape or position, and downward displacement of the nasal tip (nasal tip ptosis).

About the Tip Rhinoplasty Procedure

During a tip rhinoplasty procedure, Dr Turner employs a W-incision technique in the columella, which is the small bridge between the nostrils. This incision is also extended into the nostrils. The purpose of this incision is to provide access to the lower cartilage of the nose, which can be reshaped or repositioned as needed.

Recovery After Tip Rhinoplasty

Recovery after tip rhinoplasty varies from patient to patient. After the procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the nasal area. Dr Turner will provide specific post-operative instructions to help you manage these symptoms.

In the first week following the surgery, it is common to experience swelling and bruising, which gradually decreases over time. You may need to wear a splint or cast on your nose for the first week to protect and support the newly reshaped tip. Avoid any activities or movements that could potentially impact the healing process, such as strenuous exercise or contact sports.

During the recovery period, it is essential to keep your head elevated while sleeping and to avoid any pressure or trauma to the nose. Dr Turner may prescribe pain medications to help manage any discomfort.

You can return to your daily activities within one to two weeks, although strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for a few weeks. It is crucial to follow all post-operative care instructions provided by Dr Turner and attend follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.

Keep in mind that individual recovery experiences can vary. It is important to consult with Dr Turner and our nursing staff for personalised advice and guidance throughout your recovery period.

Scar Placement for Tip Rhinoplasty

During tip rhinoplasty, the incisions are typically made inside the nose (closed rhinoplasty) or at the base of the columella, the small bridge between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty).

In a closed rhinoplasty, where the incisions are made inside the nostrils, no external scars are visible. This technique offers the advantage of no visible scarring on the outside of the nose.

In an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the columella, which connects the nostrils. Although there may be a faint scar along the columella, it becomes less noticeable over time as the scar matures.

It is important to note that every person’s healing process is unique and individual scarring can vary. However, with proper surgical technique and post-operative care, scar visibility can be reduced. Dr Turner will provide specific instructions on scar care and recommend topical treatments or scar management techniques.

Suitable Candidates for Tip Rhinoplasty

While an in-depth consultation with Dr Turner is necessary to determine eligibility, some general considerations for a suitable candidate may include:

  • Nose Tip Concerns: Candidates for this procedure often have concerns or would like to address a wide or prominent nasal tip, asymmetrical nasal tip shape or position, and downward displacement of the nasal tip (nasal tip ptosis).
  • Good General Health: Candidates for the procedure must not have medical conditions that may increase surgical risks such as bleeding or clotting disorders.
  • Emotional and Psychological Readiness: Candidates need to have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure and understand the limitations and potential risks associated with a tip rhinoplasty.
  • Stable Facial Growth: Candidates should have completed their facial growth, which typically occurs in late adolescence or early adulthood. This ensures that the nose has fully developed and stabilised before undergoing any changes.

It is important to note that the suitability for a tip rhinoplasty can be determined through an in-person consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Dr Turner will assess your individual concerns, evaluate your nasal anatomy, and discuss your expectations.

Risk & Complications of Tip Rhinoplasty

Like every other surgical procedure, a tip rhinoplasty has some associated risks and complications, such as:

  • A hole in the septum (septal perforation)
  • Adverse reactions to the anaesthetic used
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Nose tip discolouration
  • Numbness in the nose tip area
  • Severe scarring
  • Swelling