What is nasal tip surgery (tipplasty)? How to correct the drooping and deformities of the tip of the nose?
Nose tip surgery (tipplasty) is performed in cases where there is no problem in the anatomical structure of the nasal bone, which is of great importance in terms of facial appearance, and the cartilage at the tip of the nose, soft tissues and the angles between the nose and the lip are deteriorated. Nose tip surgery (tipplasty) is an aesthetic surgery in which various deformities regarding height, thickness, length, width of the nose and drooping at the tip of the nose are corrected by Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons.
What is the general structure of the tip of the nose?
The nose is the olfactory organ, which is located in the middle of the face and attracts the most attention on the face. The tip of the nose has an effect that changes the appearance of the face.
Nose tip is the most prominent region of the lower 1/3 pyramid of the nose. The nasal tip consists of the most protruding points (domes) of the two cartilages, soft tissues between the domes, ligaments, and the skin overlying the ligaments.
The tip of the nose is the uppermost junction of two -n- shaped cartilages that make up the wings of the nose. This area is very important in terms of rhinoplasty. The height, angles and width of the nasal cartilages are very important in terms of aesthetics.
The thinnest skin is located at the root of the nose and the skin gradually thickens as it comes towards the tip of the nose. As it comes towards the tip of the nose, the density and number of intracutaneous scapulae increase. In other words, the thickest skin in the nose is located at the tip of the nose. Rhinoplasty is important because it directly affects the external appearance at every stage, and nasal tip surgery is an important part of rhinoplasty.
How is aesthetic nose tip surgery (tipplasty) done?
Nasal tip aesthetic surgery is performed under sedation and local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia, with the decision of plastic surgeons, depending on the condition of the patient, with incisions made from the inner part of the nose and/or in the anterior part using the closed or open rhinoplasty technique. This surgery is performed in about 30-60 minutes. It can be performed on the tip of the nose alone, but a good planning is required by the surgeon before the surgery in order to ensure the harmony of the aesthetic order with the other parts of the nose.
In nose tip aesthetics (tipplasty) surgery, in order to eliminate the existing deformation, cartilage structures are reshaped and supported by incisions or stitches. Sometimes, there may be deficiencies, inadequacies or collapses in the cartilage structures at the tip of the patient’s nose. The cartilage taken from the nasal septum (the wall in the middle of the nose) in the nose during the surgery is used as a “graft” to eliminate the existing cartilage insufficiency, deficiency and collapses, and thus the cartilage structures are reshaped and the nose is reshaped and cartilages are supported. In addition, plastic surgeons can perform soft tissue procedures and nasal skin thinning in nasal tip aesthetic surgery for patients with thick nasal skin. As a result of these procedures, the angle between the nose and the lip is brought to the required ratio. As a result of all these procedures, a nose tip that fits the patient’s facial features and the existing nasal bone structure is provided.
In nasal tip aesthetic surgery, if the plastic surgeon has treated the patient’s nasal septum (the partition between the nostrils), then instead of the classical cloth tampons, silicone tube tampons can be used, which allow the patient to breathe more easily through his nose. Sometimes your surgeon may use self-dissolving suture techniques to support the nasal septum area instead of cloth tampons. At the end of the surgery, a splint (plaster) or plastic bandage is applied to the nose.
What should be considered before the surgery?
Nail polish, jewellery and lenses should be removed before the surgery. The contraceptive pill should be discontinued 1-2 weeks before the surgery. It is recommended that patients quit smoking approximately 2-3 weeks before surgery. The use of drugs and herbal teas with blood thinning properties should be discontinued. Patients should inform their physicians of the drugs they need to use during the examination and the planning should be done accordingly.
Nasal Tip Surgery (Tipplasty) Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of nasal tip surgery (tipplasty)?
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Is there any breathing problem following nasal tip surgery (tipplasty)?
After nasal tip aesthetics surgery (tipplasty), patients generally do not experience breathing problems.
Who is nasal tip aesthetics performed for?
This surgery can be performed on patients with nasal asymmetry, low nasal tip, compressed nose image or wide nasal tip. It is preferable to wait until the age of 16-18, as the patients will complete the development of nasal bone, cartilage and soft tissues.
How to correct low nose tip?
In this procedure, incisions are made through the nostrils and/or in front of them. The tip of the nose is lifted with the necessary shaping of the cartilage tissues at the tip of the nose and the supports given by the cartilages. In some cases, it may be necessary to reduce the tip of the nose or enlarge it by supporting it with a cartilage graft.
Can the tip of the nose be reduced?
Yes. With nasal tip surgery, the tip of the nose can be reduced.
What is the ideal size for the tip of the nose?
The facial proportions of each patient and the shape of the nose according to the bone structure vary. In general, a ratio of nose tip height to nose length of 0.67 can be defined as ideal. It is preferred to have a right angle between the tip of the nose and the upper lip in men, and a wider angle in women.
Will the cartilage grafts at the tip of the nose become evident over time following tipplasty?
Cartilage grafts are frequently used in tipplasty (nasal tip surgery) to provide the desired aesthetic appearance in the patient’s nasal tip area. In patients with a thin skin structure, cartilage grafts may become visible many years after surgery.
Things to know after nose tip (tipplasty) plastic surgery
Special bandages and splints are used on the outside of the nose. Special bandages and splints are removed after 5-7 days. Since bruises and swelling do not occur on the face and around the eyes, the recovery period of nasal tip aesthetic surgery is short. Patients can return to their daily life in a short time after the surgery.