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Understanding a pinched nose

A pinched nose1, characterized by a narrow and constricted appearance, can impact your overall facial harmony. If you’ve ever felt that your nose lacks the ideal width, you’re not alone. In this blog post, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rizk explores the causes of a pinched nose, its potential solutions, and how rhinoplasty can help restore balance to your facial features.

Fortunately, a pinched nose can be effectively addressed through surgical intervention, specifically rhinoplasty. This procedure allows for precise adjustments to widen the nasal structure, ensuring a more balanced and natural appearance.

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Rhinoplasty: The Solution for a Pinched Nose Tip

Rhinoplasty, often referred to as nose reshaping or nose surgery, is a specialized surgical procedure that offers a comprehensive solution for a pinched nose. By carefully modifying the nasal framework, a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon can widen the nose, ensuring it complements your facial features and brings harmony to your appearance.

What Is the Cause of a Pinched Nose Tip

Determining the underlying cause of a pinched nose is crucial to crafting a tailored treatment plan. During your consultation with a rhinoplasty expert like Dr. Sam Rizk, a thorough evaluation will be conducted to identify the specific factors contributing to your pinched nose. This personalized approach ensures that your treatment addresses the symptoms and root causes of your concern.

The most common cause of a pinched nasal tip is previous rhinoplasty surgery that was overdone, leading to the undesired pinched appearance. In these cases, revision rhinoplasty utilizing rib bank cartilage grafts is the most effective repair method, addressing the dents or collapsed areas and restoring a more natural look to the nose. Additionally, if available, septum cartilage can also serve as a potential graft donor site, offering another option for correction.

Some of the other causes of a pinched nose tip include:

  • Congenital (Inherent Weakness): Some individuals may inherit congenitally weak lower lateral cartilages, leading to a pinched nose. This congenital weakness may restrict the nasal airway.
  • Acquired/Iatrogenic (Secondary to Surgery): Excessive removal of cartilage weakens the nasal structure, resulting in a pinched nose appearance.
  • Knuckling of Cartilages: Overzealous cephalic strip resection can lead to knuckling of the lower lateral cartilages in the domal area, forming bossae.
  • Less common causes include the collapse2 of the alar cartilaginous region following inflammatory conditions or substance abuse.

Why Choose Dr. Rizk for Your Surgery

Dr. Sam Rizk specializes in addressing pinched noses through his rhinoplasty technique that relies on a highly accurate 3D telescope system to see the inner structures of your nose. With extensive experience and expertise, he has assisted thousands of patients in achieving their desired nose width and facial harmony. Contact Dr. Rizk’s Park Avenue office today to learn more about his unique approach to correcting a pinched tip.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I determine if I have a pinched nose?

Assessing whether you have a pinched nose involves evaluating the width of your nasal structure in relation to your facial features. A board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Rizk can provide a professional assessment during a consultation.

Can you prevent a pinched nose tip from forming?

Preventing a pinched nose tip involves selecting an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon, clear communication, and grafting if needed during surgery. For non-surgical prevention, minimize nose injury and trauma.

Is there a specific recovery period after rhinoplasty to address a pinched nose?

The recovery period following rhinoplasty varies among individuals but generally involves some swelling and bruising. Dr. Rizk will provide specific post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few weeks, with final results becoming more apparent over time.


1 National Library of Medicine – Correction of Nasal Pinching. Available:

2 WebMD – What Is a Collapsed Nostril? Available:

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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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