Question: Can rhinoplasty reduce the size of a bulbous nose?

By: Dr. Sean Delaney


Answer: Yes! Nasal tip bulbosity is one of the most common nasal features that rhinoplasty patient seeks to change. The size of the nasal tip depends on several factors, including the size, strength, and configuration of the nasal cartilages, amount of tip support, and skin thickness.

Rhinoplasty is an excellent procedure to reduce the size of a bulbous tip. Tip reduction is performed by trimming and reshaping the nasal cartilages, increasing tip support with cartilage graft(s), and thinning out the nasal skin, depending on which component(s) contributes to the bulbosity. The goal of making the nasal tip smaller is not to make the tip as small as possible. Instead, tip reduction aims to make the bulbous tip smaller AND proportionate with the rest of the nose and the face.

If you have been considering rhinoplasty, consult with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to ensure the best aesthetic and functional results.

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