Because it is front and center, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery explains that the nose provides the foundation for aesthetic balance and proportion. As such, when an individual is dissatisfied with the shape or appearance of their nose, rhinoplasty provides options for redefining this prominent feature. However, rhinoplasty is a highly individualized and artistic procedure, and does not always involve full surgical modification of the nose. An example is tip only rhinoplasty, in which the tip of the nose is refined.
Though it is less invasive than other nose reshaping procedures, tip only rhinoplasty is complex and requires extensive surgical skill. This is because the tip of the nose is comprised of cartilage, and is difficult to shape. Even so, given the experience and expertise of a qualified facial plastic surgeon, a few small changes to the tip of the nose can generate a large impact on a patient’s appearance. (more…)