Nose reshaping can have a profound effect on a young person’s confidence, explains Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson. Deformity of the nose – either too large, too small or twisted – severely...Continue Reading
Closed Nose Tip Rhinoplasty
About The Procedure
With closed nose tip surgery, Dr. Hodgkinson can provide patients with a less invasive procedure, which will help refine the shape of the nose. As the nasal tip is a primary focal point for the face, it plays a significant role in the overall balance and symmetry of the face’s visual aesthetic.
People who are concerned with the shape of their nose tip specifically may be interested in a less invasive surgical alternative to rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery.
What is closed nose tip rhinoplasty?
This procedure aims at aesthetic improvements for the nasal tip via less invasive surgery techniques to enhance nasal proportions creating a more balanced appearance.
As opposed to a full rhinoplasty, closed nose tip surgery focuses on creating a less bulky tip and symmetrical nasal tip that has a more desirable projection, rotation, and proportion in conjunction with other parts of the nose. This can dramatically change the look of the whole face. The procedure leaves the bone structure of the nose intact, working more to reshape or removes excess cartilage from the tip.
In some cases, Dr. Hodgkinson may lift the nose tip or refine the nostrils, ensuring that all changes suit the other parts of the nose.
The benefits of closed nose tip surgery
The most significant benefit of this procedure is its less invasive reshaping method that typically will not take as long as a full rhinoplasty, usually one hour in surgery.
Patients spend less time under anaesthetic and experience shorter healing and recovery times. General anaesthesia is still required for this procedure, and it is quite normal to experience swelling and bruising post-surgery, but all of this is far less than that of the more significant nose surgery procedures which involve movement of the bones to narrow the nose and also reduction of bone and cartilage to lower the nasal hump.
How do I know if this is right for me?
If you have considered a nose job previously and are self-conscious about your nose due to a hooked or crooked shape, closed nose tip surgery may be a good path forward. A “selfie” often accentuates a bulky nasal tip.
This procedure can also help reshape nostrils that flare, making your nose look wide or fix asymmetrical issues, which cause an off-balanced look to your whole face.
It is crucial that you first have a consultation with Dr. Hodgkinson before making a decision, as he will assess the issues you have and determine the right path forward. Some patients may require the full rhinoplasty procedure. A crooked nose from tip to bridge may have a deviated septum, which can be straightened improving breathing.
The determining factors on whether or not closed nose tip surgery is right for you are a facial anatomy suitable for this procedure in adults. If your appearance concerns are only with the nose tip and you are in good physical health, and have realistic expectations you could benefit from Nasal Tip surgery especially if you have a boxy tip.
Why Dr. Hodgkinson is the best option for nose surgery
Dr. Hodgkinson is a qualified and respected cosmetic plastic surgeon who is an expert in the various rhinoplasty and revision operations. His techniques create excellent long term results, which has seen his findings published in 70 articles throughout a range of scientific journals, and he is also regularly asked to present to other surgeons all around the world on his work.
One of the most important reasons why Dr. Hodgkinson and his experienced team are so sought-after, is their significant focus on pre and post-care. While a closed nose tip operation already presents lower risks than a full or open rhinoplasty, the exceptional care of the team creates safe cosmetic surgery journeys for all patients. Before any surgery, all patients are informed about all elements of their procedure from the initial stages through to the healing process which may last for many months.
Dr. Hodgkinson believes that any kind of rhinoplasty procedure should only be performed once if done correctly. He aims for the most natural and attractive nose that is appropriate and individualised. To achieve this, Dr. Hodgkinson spends a significant amount of time with his patients to understand their desires and achieve the best result. He uses an imaging system to determine what the likely result can be.
Any rhinoplasty procedure aims to create a pleasing appearance, and people from all over the world seek the talents of Dr. Hodgkinson in this area as he has the knowledge and skills to guarantee the results will be in harmony with other facial features.
The art of the nose job
Well-performed rhinoplasty procedures are ethnically appropriate, individualised, and in balance with all the other facial features. The goal is a natural appearance that makes it hard to see any visible evidence of surgery.
Dr. Hodgkinson has an established career with over 30 years of experience in facial cosmetic plastic surgery and is considered to be an expert in aesthetic rhinoplasty and Asian rhinoplasty. Over the span of his career, Dr. Hodgkinson is responsible for thousands of successful rhinoplasty surgical procedures. His ability to artistically assess a patient’s facial features to craft a nose that is attractive, harmonious, and natural via whichever process he deems the most suitable, sets him apart from other surgeons.
As rhinoplasty is a delicate procedure, especially when dealing with flimsy cartilage, Dr. Hodgkinson often uses a method that takes the patient’s own tissue as opposed to silicon to avoid long-term complications in reconstructing a flat nose.
If you are unhappy with your nose and are considering a rhinoplasty procedure, book an appointment with Dr. Hodgkinson to have your situation assessed and discover the options for your path forward. Feel free to ask any questions of the doctor or our team so that you understand the potential outcomes and risks associated with surgery. Speak to us today about booking a consultation as your first step down the best path for your situation.
What sort of recovery time should I expect for a tip rhinoplasty?
As it is only the cartilage in your nose that is being augmented during this procedure and not the underlying bones, both surgery and recovery time is shorter than a full rhinoplasty. You will likely experience minimal bruising and swelling, which will subside over time.
Nose tip surgery is a subtle procedure that will not create a drastic change to your appearance, but it should be noted that it can take up to six months for all swelling to disappear. You will be able to return to work after approximately 1-2 weeks.
Which nose surgery should I be considering to improve my breathing?
Nose reshaping surgery can help with breathing issues; however, the surgery will usually require a more invasive technique than the one used for closed nose tip surgery. A more-in-depth rhinoplasty will be required to free-up your airways and improve your breathing. This is often performed by a procedure called a 'septoplasty.' Sometimes turbinates block the nasal passage and need to be trimmed.
It is vital that you make Dr. Hodgkinson aware of the key drivers for your want of surgery, be they aesthetic or functional, so he can make an appropriate assessment and determine the best path forward for your needs and wants.
Can other sections of my nose be reshaped?
Yes, another popular nose augmentation is those who feel they have a "flat" nose. Dr. Hodgkinson can build up the nose's bridge to create a better balance with the eyes. This can also help in situations where there has been a nasal fracture that has flattened the nose. He often uses bone or cartilidge grafts to build up the nose.
Are there risks associated with nose tip surgery?
While this is a less invasive procedure, all surgery brings with it an element of risk or complication. These will be explained to you during your consultation; however, it is important to note that in his over 30-year career, Dr. Hodgkinson has never had a serious or life threatening complication post-surgery.
As mentioned above, Dr. Hodgkinson has performed thousands of rhinoplasties. He ensures the highest levels of safety and his team guarantee the most exceptional care for every patient. This being said, every surgical procedure has a level of potential risk or complication that you should be aware of. Some patients with a poor medical history who are psychologically unstable are not candidates.
Risks will be made clear to you during your consultation based on the specific procedure you are considering. As a general rule, rhinoplasty can present a small risk of infection, bruising, and bleeding. There is a small risk of issues with the anaesthetic.
It is vital to note that none of Dr. Hodgkinson's patients have experienced any of the above situations due to his high skill level and strong focus on quality aftercare.