Tip Refinement Rhinoplasty FAQs
What is Tip Refinement Rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty procedure is more commonly known as a nose job. Tip refinement rhinoplasty refers to a procedure designed to specifically alter the appearance of the nasal tip. As the most protrusive area of the face, tip projection is extremely important to how a face may appear and is perceived. Call our office in NY to learn more.
Are all tip refinement procedures the same?
Absolutely not. Tip refinement is a highly individualized procedure that specifically caters to each individual’s unique facial characteristics. Some noses may need more pronounced projection, while others require a reduction. Dr. Sam Rizk is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty procedures. During your consultation, he will listen to your concerns and help you consider a variety of options.
How long does tip refinement take?
Tip refinement rhinoplasty will generally last between one and two hours. More extensive alterations may require more time.
What is the surgical process like?
Patients are under sedation or anesthesia for the entire surgery. First, your doctor will examine the internal structures of the nose with a 3D high definition camera before making any incisions. Underlying cartilage is then exposed for structural alterations. Depending on individual needs, fat tissue may be removed or repositioned to allow for better definition. Your doctor may opt to use implants to fortify the nasal cartilage and reorient the tip. Grafts are also available to aid in better tip projection. All incisions will be closed using small dissolvable sutures.
Will there be any scarring?
The mucous lining of the nose generally heals very quickly, which reduces the risk of scarring. Incisions are also made entirely within the nose, so any scarring that may occur will not be visible.
What can I expect after surgery?
The post-operative regimen is extremely important to a successful procedure and is often overlooked by patients. Proper healing is essential to how the nose will appear at the end. Refrain from strenuous exercise that may stress the nose area and increase inflammation ― especially any sort of contact sport. Keep the nasal canals clean to avoid bacterial buildup and infection; there are a variety of kits that can be bought at your local pharmacy that will help irrigate the nose and sinuses. If you experience pain or discomfort, ask your doctor if there are any pain-relievers that are safe for you to use. If you experience excessive bleeding, extreme pain, or fever, contact your doctor immediately.
What risks are involved?
Rhinoplasty, no matter how minor, is a surgical procedure that carries with it the same risks as any invasive operation. Infection is a primary concern, but is often well mitigated with the use of antibiotics and proper cleansing of the operated area. Reactions to anesthesia are extremely rare but have been known to occur ― medical clearance must be granted before any rhinoplasty procedure takes place. Finally, it is important to realize that rhinoplasty is a complex cosmetic surgery, and there is no guarantee that results will match idealistic expectations.
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Written by Dr. Sam Rizk