Orange County Rhinoplasty Specialist - 359 San Miguel Drive, Suite 110, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Treating the Drooping Tip

Dr. Kevin Sadati - Board Certified in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery | Newport Beach



Treating the Drooping Tip

A drooping nasal tip can be a frustrating and distracting facial feature, and many patients may not realize that the solution is quite easy. The rhinoplasty procedure can be tailored to address this specific deformity, and can improve the overall appearance of the nose at the same time. There are several techniques that are used in order to treat the drooping tip for Orange County patients. Newport Beach patients who are looking into a nose job for this particular reason should understand what will be done during the operation in order to improve their nose.

How is the Drooping Tip Treated During the Rhinoplasty?

First and foremost, the tip will be reshaped during the cosmetic surgery. The nasal tip is made up of cartilage, and this cartilage can easily be reshaped by an expert facial plastic surgeon. However, in some cases, there may not be enough cartilage present in order to create the desired shape. In this situation, the surgeon will collect cartilage grafts from behind the ear and add this cartilage to the nasal tip in order to achieve the desired results.

Once it has been reshaped, the facial plastic surgeon will work to elevate the tip so it is no longer drooping on the nose. In some cases, the base of the septum has to be altered in order to properly lift the nasal tip. Elevation is only necessary for the most severe circumstances, when a simple reshaping of the tip does not produce the results that are desired by the patient. The surgeon will be able to determine if this is necessary during an initial consultation appointment.

Finally, the surgeon will provide additional structural support in order to prevent the new, enhanced nasal tip from beginning to droop in the future. Regardless of what has caused the tip to droop in the first place, patients will be prone to this circumstance in the future unless the structure of the nose is addressed. This helps to ensure that the patient gets the long-lasting results that they want after the rhinoplasty procedure is complete. In some cases, the amount of correction that can be done will be based on the thickness of the nasal skin.

For instance, a patient with extremely thick skin may only see minimal changes after their rhinoplasty. A patient who has thinner nasal skin may be able to achieve more drastic results from this type of nose job. A drooping tip may be caused by a variety of different factors. For some patients, thick nasal skin can weigh down the tip of the nose and cause it to droop over the bridge of the nose. In other cases, the drooping tip is simply a result of the aging process and gravity taking its toll on the face.

Patients who are bothered by their own drooping nasal tip should set up a free cosmetic consultation with an experienced facial plastic surgeon. This will help them understand their options and decide which technique is best for their own rhinoplasty procedure.