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Rhinoplasty for
Bulbous Tip

What is a bulbous tip?

A bulbous tip refers to a semi common physical attribute, where the tip of the nose is enlarged and appears rounded. Bulbous tip occurs due to a skin condition called rosacea, as well as the accumulation of skin cells. Various researchers identify genetic traits as a primary cause of the condition; however, some people develop a bulbous nose later in their life. Factors that cause bulbous tips include:

  • Thick nasal skin
  • Heavy soft tissue coverage
  • Poorly defines cartilage
  • Weak cartilage strength

Rhinoplasty for bulbous tips:

Rhinoplasty for bulbous involves reshaping of the nasal tip for a more complementary look that makes the patient more attractive. Among the techniques for correcting a bulbous tip are:

  • Cartilage removal. The surgeon removes excess cartilage and uses the remaining cartilage to reshape the tip, reducing the bulbous tip in size and its rounded appearance.
  • Suturing. With skill and precision, suturing creates a pointed nasal tip.
  • Cartilage grafting can be used for a refined look.

Open or closed rhinoplasty

Two rhinoplasty options can be used depending on the desired type of reconstruction:

  • Closed rhinoplasty: Leaves no visible scars as the procedure entails incisions done from inside the nostrils.
  • Open rhinoplasty: Open rhinoplasty leaves typically invisible scarring, and provides better access to the nostrils.

It is important to note that correction of the bulbous tip cannot be done through a non-surgical procedure. When fixing a bulbous tip, the surgery entails the removal of cartilage, creating a smaller, more defined nasal structure. Using fillers will not achieve the intended results.


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