The Ski Slope Nose

As you know, noses come in many different shapes and sizes. Some patients desire a more rounded, pointed tip, while others prefer a flattened, smooth structure. The ski slope nose has a shape desired by some patients and disliked by others – it depends on the patient’s current nose shape and wanted structure.

What Is a Ski Slope Nose?

ski slope before and afterOn a ski slope nose, or a ski jump nose, the bridge of the nose features an indented curvature down to a turned-up tip of the nose. Different people have different perceptions of an actual ski jump, and therefore are going to view the angle of a ski slope nose differently. However, it depends on the patient’s nasal needs and desires to either create this sloped appearance or to flatten out the tip.

Years ago, the ski slope shape was an often-desired result of a rhinoplasty procedure. Doctors would remove excess tissue from the bridge of the nose in order to accentuate and narrow the tip of the nose, creating a standard, easily reproducible nose job that drew attention to the nose. Individual nasal subtleties were largely ignored, and evidence of operation was obvious.

Today, a more natural look has prevailed, and many surgeons have adapted their procedures to consider the qualities of each individual nose in order to tailor the rhinoplasty toward the overall facial appearance of each patient. Surgeons now consider the individual subtleties of each facial structure in order to give the patient the nose job he or she desires.

How to Fix a Ski Slope Nose

If you have a ski jump nose and are looking to flatten out the tip, there are a couple options for you – a ski slope nose job and / or chin augmentation. Consult an experienced surgeon to determine the best solution for you.

Ski Slope Nose Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a great option for those looking to treat a ski-slope nose and create a flattering, more natural shape through cosmetic surgery. During a ski slope nose job, the surgeon will make incisions on the inside of the patient’s nose and remove tip cartilage to lessen the tip’s lift.

This procedure will create the desired balance between the nasal tip, bridge and nostrils with the rest of the patient’s facial features. Because the ski jump nose rhinoplasty is only on the tip of the nose, it’s less expensive than a full rhinoplasty procedure, but will still cost around a few thousand dollars.

The healing process after a rhinoplasty depends on the patient. Typically, there isn’t any bruising or swelling because the bones weren’t altered, but a nose cast is required for about a week after the surgery. After that week, your surgeon will advise you to avoid touching the tip of your nose, take it easy and engage in delicate cleaning processes.

Chin Augmentation paired with Rhinoplasty

A common recommendation among surgeons is pairing a rhinoplasty with a chin augmentation to fix a ski slope nose. Chin augmentations are simple procedures with a low risk of infection and additional complications, making them easy additions to rhinoplasties. During this procedure, surgeons will use silicone implants to enhance the shape of the chin and jawline.

The correct, nuanced combination of both procedures produces a more natural shape to the face, rather than bringing specific attention to the nose through isolated operation on the nose itself.

Talk to your surgeon about a chin augmentation to see if it would complement your rhinoplasty. Subtle adjustments to both the nose and chin provide the youthful, enhanced facial look you might be looking for, as opposed to a major operation on one facial feature alone. For those looking to fix a ski slope nose, a chin augmentation may be the perfect addition to your rhinoplasty. 

Ski Jump Nose After Rhinoplasty

A ski slope nose is a possible unwanted effect of a rhinoplasty. This is often referred to as a “Miss Piggy” nose and can happen when the doctor removes too much tissue from the middle section of the nose.

If you receive an unwanted ski slope effect from your first rhinoplasty, a revision rhinoplasty may be a good solution for you. Since the reshaping of the nose can continue for up to a year post-operation, most surgeons recommend waiting at least a year after the initial rhinoplasty to undergo any revision procedure. Revision rhinoplasties differ in procedure based on previous rhinoplasties, but the swelling and healing process is similar to a first-time rhinoplasty.

Revision rhinoplasties cost nearly $10,000 on average compared to around $7,500 for a first-time rhinoplasty, making your surgeon choice for a first-time nose job that much more important – a one-time success should be the goal for each nose job.

Avoid an unwanted ski slope nose after rhinoplasty by carefully reviewing your surgeon’s before and after rhinoplasty photos. If each rhinoplasty appears to have the same ski slope nose result, that specific surgeon may not be the right choice for you. Choose a surgeon that does not focus solely on the shape of the nose in their rhinoplasties, but one that focuses on all facial features and works to balance the nose with the rest of them. 

An experienced surgeon will be able to assess your unique situation in person at your initial consultation. Be clear with your surgeon about your desires. For example, if you have a dorsal hump, you may desire more of a ski slope nose shape, but not to the extent of a “Miss Piggy” nose. There is technology designed to model what your nose shape will look like after a procedure, which allows surgeons and patients to get a realistic idea of what the surgical results will look like.

Do your research and consult a surgeon who will ensure a positive rhinoplasty experience and deliver the results that you want.

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