Nose Tip Reshaping for a Refined Tip
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Nose tip reshaping at the Albany, NY-area Williams Center is a popular choice, especially for women who desire a small, unobtrusive nose. This is because the nose runs from the forehead to just above the mouth, taking up a good deal of real estate on the face, but sometimes, just a small part of it—the lowest third—can determine how it is seen on the whole. A thick, wide, or bulbous nose tip can draw attention and make the nose appear out of proportion with the other facial features.
For nose tip reshaping, board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edwin Williams make small adjustments to improve nasal tip definition. While the surgery typically involves some cartilage removal, Dr. Williams draws on his years of nose-specific work to take out "just enough" for a natural look—avoiding the problem of overdoing the cartilage removal, which can result in an overly narrow tip. The delicate and nuanced aspects of nose tip reshaping underscore the importance of working with a plastic surgeon who has significant and particular experience with noses.
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The Nose Tip Reshaping Process
There are many reasons a patient may seek out nose tip reshaping, so a consultation with Dr. Williams allows him to assess the nose and determine what steps would be necessary to refine the tip. The consultation also gives the patient an opportunity to ask questions and get answers about this surgery and what other options might be available. In some cases, a bulbous tip is not the only factor contributing to the look of an out-of-proportion nose. In other cases, especially thick skin may limit the refining effects that can be achieved.
To help with the consultation process, Dr. Williams offers digital imaging that can show how the results of nose tip reshaping could impact the nose itself, as well as the entire face.
As noted above, nose tip reshaping frequently involves sculpting and removing cartilage on the lowest third of the nose. The surgery alters the lines of the nose, so while the nose itself may stay the same width, the lines themselves converge into a more defined tip. This process can take up to several hours and involves an anesthetic administered by a credentialed professional.
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Nose Tip Reshaping Recovery
Recovery after nose tip reshaping may take a couple of weeks, with light dressing worn for the first day and an outer splint worn for the first week. Throughout this time, patients should take care to avoid doing anything that might result in a blow to the face, and especially the nose.
Patients can also expect visible bruises and swelling to fade during this time, and should watch for potential—though rare—complications, such as bleeding and infection. Instructions will be given on post-surgical care. Healing can continue for up to a year inside the nose.
Once the nose is healed, roughly five to 10 percent of patients decide that they want their results to be further refined and opt for revision rhinoplasty.
Have more questions about nose tip reshaping, or rhinoplasty in general? Watch Dr. Williams' Famous Fireside Chats or visit his FAQs page.