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What Is a Bulbous Nose?

A bulbous nose is a condition where the skin of the nose thickens and enlarges. The enlargement can cause an individual’s nose to look bulky, red, and misshapen, often affecting their self-esteem and confidence. Those struggling with accepting their bulbous nose1 may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable in social situations, leading to anxiety and depression. Fortunately, this condition is treatable with facial plastic surgery to reduce the size of the nose and enhance its shape. With proper treatment, individuals can regain their confidence and self-esteem.

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How to Contour a Bulbous Nose

Dr. Rizk is a top NYC double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty or the reshaping of the nose. He can help contour a bulbous nose by surgically removing excess tissue or cartilage from the tip and bridge to give it a more refined and symmetrical shape. Furthermore, he can use rhinoplasty techniques such as osteotomies2 and spreader grafts to create improved airflow through the nasal passages for better breathing. With his expertise and experience in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Rizk can help contour a bulbous nose for improved aesthetics and functionality.

What Causes a Bulbous Nose?

Bulbous nose tips can be caused by genetics that lead to a thicker and more rounded nose tip or skin conditions such as:

  • Rhinophyma3: A skin disorder that produces an overgrowth of oil glands and connective tissue, resulting in swelling and redness. This causes enlargement of the nose, giving it a bulbous shape.
  • Rosacea4: A chronic skin condition that causes inflammation of the face, leading to dilated blood vessels and thickening of facial skin.

Bulbous Nose Job Procedure

Dr. Rizk’s bulbous nose tip rhinoplasty procedure is designed to give patients a more aesthetic appearance of their noses by shaping and contouring the tip. During the procedure, Dr. Rizk will make incisions in the nostrils or inside and around the base of the nose to access the nose cartilage and bone structures. He will then reshape these structures, reducing any excess tissue, before sculpting them into a more aesthetically pleasing form. After closing up the incisions, Dr. Rizk may use splints or tape to maintain the new shape of your nose as it heals.

Patients can expect some swelling, bruising and tenderness for about a few weeks post-procedure and should follow a prescribed medication regime to reduce those symptoms. In general, results become more visible within 6 months when the swelling has subsided with complete healing and final results at about 12 months after surgery. Patients are consistently pleased with their improved facial profile.

Meet Dr. Rizk, Bulbous Nose Tip Rhinoplasty Specialist New York

If you are considering a nose job to refine the tip of your nose, Dr. Rizk is the perfect surgeon to consult. He is an award-winning plastic surgeon with extensive training in facial plastic surgery and specializes in bulbous nose tip reduction. He is dedicated to helping patients achieve natural results that fit their bodies and desired outcomes. His attention to detail and artistic vision make him one of the top surgeons for this type of procedure, ensuring beautiful results with minimal downtime and no scarring. Contact his Manhattan office today for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a bulbous nose be reduced?

Yes! A bulbous nose can be reduced with rhinoplasty techniques such as structural grafts, cartilage removal, bone reshaping, and tip refinement. Structural grafts are used to add structure and definition to the nose by using pieces of cartilage from other parts of the body. Cartilage removal involves removing the excess tissue from the sides of the nose. Bone reshaping involves shaving down the nasal bones to reduce bulk and create a more defined shape. Tip refinement refines the tip shape for a smoother profile. Techniques can be combined to achieve an aesthetically pleasing result that reduces or eliminates a bulbous nose.

Can you use botox for bulbous nose treatment?

Botox is not typically used for treating bulbous noses, but it has been effective in reshaping the nose by reducing the size of certain parts of the nose, such as the tip and bridge. It can also reduce nostril flare and make a more symmetrical appearance. Additionally, Botox can improve specific features of the nose, such as a hooked or upturned nose, by relaxing certain muscles to give the desired shape. While it is not typically used for treating bulbous noses, Botox can be an effective treatment for those looking for minimal changes in their nasal appearance without undergoing surgery.

How do you know if you have a bulbous nose?

A bulbous nose is characterized by an enlarged and widened nose tip, which may cause your nostrils to appear wider and more pronounced.

How do I get rid of my bulbous nose tip?

Rhinoplasty surgery is one way to reduce a bulbous nose tip permanently. The procedure involves reshaping the cartilage and bone structure to give the nose a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing look. Additionally, some injectable fillers may be used to reduce the appearance of a bulbous nose.


1Bulbous nasal tip: an anatomical and histological evaluation. R. R. Garramone Jr, P. K. Sullivan, K. Devaney. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7598386/.

2Aesthetic Surgery Journal – Osteotomies in Rhinoplasty: An Updated Technique. Rod J. Rohrich, MD, Jeffrey E. Janis, MD. Available: https://academic.oup.com/asj/article/23/1/56/212309.

3Mount Sinai – Rhinophyma. Bulbous nose. Nose – bulbous. Phymatous rosacea. Available: https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/diseases-conditions/rhinophyma.

4National Rosacea Society – All About Rosacea: Signs & Symptoms And Treatment. Available: https://www.rosacea.org/patients/all-about-rosacea.

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By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.

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