What is a Bulbous Tip?

A bulbous nose is when the tip of the nose is enlarged. It typically has a round appearance and is a result of genetics. However, some people develop a bulbous tip due to injury or aging. A bulbous tip is caused by weak or poorly defined cartilage and thick skin.

The nose is a central feature of the face but the tip of the nose should never be the focus. A bulbous tip often disrupts facial balance and can cause feelings of self consciousness.

Can Rhinoplasty Fix a Bulbous Tip?

Rhinoplasty for a bulbous nose can help get your confidence back and improve your facial appearance. Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a procedure that reconstructs the nose. For patients with a bulbous nose, this type of plastic surgery is specialized to reshape the nose which will help define the nose and reduce the appearance of a bulbous tip.

Bulbous Tip Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty for a bulbous nose can look slightly different in procedure based on your physiology. One technique used for this type of rhinoplasty is to remove cartilage from the nasal tip. Dr. Dominic, your plastic surgeon, will remove the cartilage and then reshape the remaining cartilage for a more aesthetically pleasing nasal tip. 

Another approach for bulbous tip rhinoplasty is to create a more defined tip with sutures. For more specifics on what your rhinoplasty procedure will look like, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dominic. During your free consultation, Dr. Dominic will help create a unique plan for your aesthetic needs and desires.

Open or Closed Rhinoplasty for Bulbous Tip?

There are two main types of rhinoplasty: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. These two types of rhinoplasty are different in where the incision is made and how the procedure is completed. An open rhinoplasty is done for more advanced refinement while a closed rhinoplasty is done for minor tweaks to the nasal tip. Below we discuss which procedure is right for your bulbous nose rhinoplasty.

Open Rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty is done for more advanced refinement. This type of rhinoplasty allows for better access and visibility during surgery so more cartilage can be removed and the nose tip can be more accurately shaped. During an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made on the columella, the tissue in between the nostrils. Additional incisions may be made within the nostrils. However, you don’t need to worry about scarring because the skin will heal over time and the scar should fade until it’s not noticeable.

If your nose requires a more complex procedure, an open rhinoplasty is the right choice for you.

Closed Rhinoplasty

A closed rhinoplasty is often used for more minor, less invasive procedures. All incisions are made within the nose, one in each nostril. This type of rhinoplasty is guaranteed to have no scarring, shorter swelling and recovery time, and a faster operation.

To determine which type of rhinoplasty is best for your bulbous nose, talk with your plastic surgeon. They will discuss the best approach to achieving the facial appearance you desire. During your consultation with Dr. Dominic will help you decide which procedure is best for your physiology and your desired results.

Bulbous Nose Rhinoplasty Cost

Rhinoplasty for a bulbous tip will range in cost depending on the complexity of the procedure. However, a typical procedure could cost around $7,000 to $12,000. This price typically includes anesthesia and operating costs. For a more specific cost for your bulbous nose rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon. 

Bulbous Tip Rhinoplasty Results

When Will I See Rhinoplasty Results?

After having a bulbous tip rhinoplasty, you could begin seeing results by week 2 to 3. However, swelling and bruising takes several months to heal. Some residual swelling may even last up to a year which means that you may not see the final result of your rhinoplasty until a year after your procedure. Each patient is unique so your swelling may subside within a few months and you’ll be able to see the final result of your rhinoplasty sooner than a year.

How Long Will Rhinoplasty Results Last?

A bulbous tip rhinoplasty’s results are permanent. After your rhinoplasty you won’t need any follow up procedures to complete it. During the first year after your rhinoplasty, the tip of your nose may look different over time. This is due to recovery and your nose’s tip healing from swelling and bruising. At the one year mark you should feel confident that the nose tip you see is the permanent result of your bulbous nose rhinoplasty.

Bulbous Nose Rhinoplasty Recovery

During the first one to two weeks of your rhinoplasty recovery, you should rest and keep your head elevated. It’s best to avoid going to work or doing any strenuous activities. After the first week your stitches and stint will be removed and by week two the tape will also be removed. Swelling will linger for a few months but greatly reduce within the first month or two. Some residual swelling may last up to a year but it won’t be noticeable.

Tips for Reducing Bulbous Nose Rhinoplasty Recovery Time

Use Cold Compresses

Placing a cold compress on your cheeks can help to reduce swelling. Be careful not to place the ice pack directly on your nose as this could disrupt the stint and shift the bones or cartilage. When using a cold compress don’t let it rest against your skin for an extended period of time as this could also cause burning to the skin.

Elevate Your Head

When sleeping after your bulbous nose rhinoplasty, be sure not to rest on your side or stomach. Putting pressure on your nose could prolong recovery, increase bruising and swelling, and potentially shift the placement of your nose. It’s best to sleep on your back with two or three pillows or rest in a recliner.

Don’t Do Intense Exercise

While going for a walk and moving your body is a great way to help with recovery, overdoing it can be detrimental to your bulbous nose rhinoplasty recovery. Any large movements can increase swelling and any sports can put your nose at increased risk of injury and disrupted recovery.

Take Baths Instead of Showers

After your bulbous nose rhinoplasty you will be wearing bandages and stints around your nose that aren’t meant to get wet. During showers, the spray of water might also be painful against your nose. It’s best to take a bath until you get your stint and bandages are removed around one week after the procedure.

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