Rhinoplasty for a Pointy Nose
By dsherris on February 18, 2021
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, alters the proportions of the nose to achieve greater facial symmetry and harmony. A nose job can also be performed for medical reasons to improve a patient’s breathing. Regardless of why a patient chooses rhinoplasty, the surgery enhances an individual’s appearance and function for a better quality of life.
For patients who are interested in rhinoplasty for a pointy nose, we encourage them to visit our Buffalo, NY, practice. We take the time to learn about your goals and what you hope to achieve. Dr. David Sherris works in conjunction with patients to provide them with beautiful, natural-looking results for enhanced self-esteem.
Who Qualifies for Rhinoplasty?
To qualify for rhinoplasty, you should be in good general health, including being a non-smoker. Smoking can impact the way your body heals after surgery. Additionally, patients should be at an age where their facial growth is complete. If an individual undergoes rhinoplasty too early, the nose can change in shape and size, affecting the results. Dr. Sherris also encourages patients to have realistic goals of how the procedure can improve their appearance.
Rhinoplasty can address a variety of concerns. The most common include:
- Pointy, bulbous, drooping, or enlarged nasal tip
- Nose that is larger in relation to other facial features
- Humps, bumps, or depressions on the nose
- Wide, large, or upturned nostrils
Surgery for a Pointy Nose
A pointy nose can cause some patients to be dissatisfied with the look of their nose since they feel it is too distracting. The nose appears pointy due to extra cartilage at the tip of the nose or the septum cartilage may be projected too high.
With rhinoplasty, the extraneous cartilage is removed and reshaped to provide a more pleasing look. As a result, the tip is left more rounded to soften the individual’s overall appearance. Also, a patient achieves better facial symmetry and a more proportionate nose.
What Occurs During Surgery?
To correct a pointy nose, there are two types of procedures that Dr. Sherris can offer at our Buffalo office. With open rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes the incision along the strip of skin that separates the nostrils. This provides the doctor access to reshape the tip and the underlying tissues and structures. This option offers more consistent results.
If the doctor chooses closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside of the nostrils to access the tip and the underlying structures. While the appearance of scars is minimized with this option, the results may be less precise than with open rhinoplasty.
Regardless of the type of procedure that Dr. Sherris performs, the goal is to change the projection of the tip to make it less pointy. Cartilage is removed and reshaped to round out the nose for a subtle yet noticeable change. Once your nose has healed, you will notice the difference in the size and shape.
What Happens After Surgery?
After rhinoplasty surgery, patients typically return home the same day. They can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bleeding. To reduce the swelling and bleeding, patients should lie in bed with their head elevated higher than the chest.
Within the first week of surgery, your surgeon removes the dressings and the splint used to protect your nose. The doctor provides instructions on how to continue to care for your nose to ensure you are healing appropriately.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you dissatisfied with your pointy nose? To change your appearance and boost your confidence, please call our Buffalo office at (716) 884-5102. You can also schedule an appointment online.
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"It is my mission to provide our patients with the most knowledgeable, expert care available combined with an eye for artistry.”David A. Sherris, MD