When thinking about rhinoplasty, a term most commonly known as a nose job, it is important to know all of your options. A professional will be able to accurately address nasal needs, but it is still important to understand your options.
What is Nasal Tip Plasty?
Nasal tip plasty is a type of rhinoplasty specified for the tip of the nose. The tip plasty elevates the tip of the nose or adjusts an already existing tip in order to create a proper angle between the nose and the lip. Patients seeking tip plasty usually have no major issues with the aesthetics of the rest of their nose, and desire only subtle changes.
Cost of a Nasal Tip Plasty
Many patients are under the impression that tip plasty is significantly cheaper than a full rhinoplasty procedure — but that is not always the case. Tip plasty is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia, as well as skill and expertise. The cost may be slightly lower than it would be for a more extensive rhinoplasty, but a tip plasty will still involve a decent expenditure of around a few thousand dollars.
Nasal Tip Plasty Procedure
Patients ask about the safety concern of a full rhinoplasty procedure versus a tip plasty. Because a tip plasty involves just the tip of the nose, as opposed to the entire nose, it is a safer procedure. A full rhinoplasty is still safe, but there are more risks, as the operation covers more area of the nose.
After the anesthesia is given to the tip plasty patient, the surgeon will make incisions on the inside of the nose. A layer of cartilage is then added to the tip of the nose to give it a lift. The incisions are then closed, and the patient is advised to not touch that part of the nose for some time.
Here is one of Dr. Menachof’s patients before and after her tip plasty procedure:
If you only have your nasal tip altered, the recovery should be a lot easier than a full rhinoplasty recovery would be. Intense physical activity should be limited for at least three weeks, and it takes between six months and a year before all of the swelling is gone (but it is not noticeable after a few weeks).
All rhinoplasty procedures are specific to each patient. You must determine what bothers you about your nose — and how much it bothers you — and then discuss surgical options with your plastic surgeon.