Is Nasal Tip Rhinoplasty Right for You?

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Dr. Menachof, MD, FACS has performed thousands of facial plastic surgery procedures in over 20 years of experience. He has been recognized as a Fellow by multiple academies, named one of America’s Top Facial Plastic Surgeons continually since 2003 and is featured in multiple national publications.

When thinking about rhinoplasty, a procedure most commonly known as a nose job, it is helpful to understand the range of procedures available. A professional will be able to accurately address your unique nasal needs, but it is important to know all of your options and ask lots of questions before you dive into a rhinoplasty. One option for a subtle nose job is a nasal tip plasty, which may be what you need to give you the minor adjustment you’re looking for.

What Is Nasal Tip Plasty?

Nasal tip plasty is a type of rhinoplasty specifically for the tip of the nose. The tip plasty procedure adjusts an already existing tip by elevating the tip of the nose to create a proper angle between the nose and the lip. Patients seeking nasal tip rhinoplasty often have no major issues with the aesthetics of the rest of their nose and desire only subtle changes.

How Much Does a Nasal Tip Plasty Cost?

Many patients are under the impression that tip plasty is significantly cheaper than a full rhinoplasty procedure — but that is not always the case. Nasal 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 nose job will still involve a decent expenditure around a few thousand dollars.

What Does a Nasal Tip Plasty Procedure Involve?

Patients often ask about the safety concern of a full rhinoplasty procedure versus a tip plasty, and since a tip plasty involves just the tip of the nose, as opposed to the entire nose, it is a safer procedure. A complete rhinoplasty is still safe, but there are more risks as the operation covers more area of the nose.

Nasal Tip Plasty Surgery in Colorado

During a nasal tip plasty procedure, after the anesthesia is given to the patient the surgeon will make small 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 not to touch or strain that part of the nose for some time.

Here is one of Dr. Menachof’s patients before and after her tip plasty procedure:


Tip Plasty Before Photo


Tip Plasty Before and After Photo

Nasal Tip Plasty Recovery

If you only have your nasal tip altered during surgery, the recovery should be much easier and faster than a full rhinoplasty recovery. Intense physical activity should be limited for at least three weeks, and while noticeable swelling is usually gnoe after a few weeks, it can take between six months and a year before all of the swelling is gone completely.

Find A Rhinoplasty Surgeon You Can Trust

All rhinoplasty procedures are specific to each patient. You must discuss what bothers you about your nose, how much it bothers you, and what your surgical options with a trusted, experienced plastic surgeon. A quality surgeon will have plenty of reviews, a gallery of before and after photos, and a comprehensive, specialized treatment and recovery plan for every patient.


This blog was originally posted in September 2017 and has been reposted in 2020 with updated information.

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