bulbous tip rhinoplasty

​What Is Rhinoplasty for Bulbous Tip Like?

A bulbous tip is one of the most common rhinoplasty procedures done in America. Nowadays, people are more concerned than ever about looking their very best. Plastic surgery techniques along with the state-of-the-art medical technology have evolved to the point where surgeons can work miracles and have you looking like a million bucks.

A wide, round tip at the end of your nose can take attention away from the rest of your beautiful face, which is why many people want it reshaped. We’re going to look at what you can expect during rhinoplasty for a bulbous tip.

What is a Bulbous Tip?

A nose with a bulbous tip has a round end that often lacks definition. It may even look like a ball is on the tip of your nose, drawing unwanted attention to it. Instead of a defined, narrow nose, patients with a bulbous tip may think their nose looks unshaped or too wide – all thanks to the tip.

So what causes some people to have this type of nose? Typically, two things: thick nasal skin or the tip cartilage. Thicker skin can give the appearance of a more rounded tip, and is more common in people who have a darker skin color. Patients with a bulbous tip may also have lower lateral cartilages that are curved or too wide.

What’s the Procedure Like for Rhinoplasty for a Bulbous Tip?

Now that you know what a bulbous tip is, you’re probably wondering how easy it is to fix. The cosmetic goal of bulbous tip rhinoplasty is to narrow the nose tip, bringing it into balance with the bridge and making it compliment the surrounding facial features.

Unfortunately, rhinoplasty for a bulbous tip is a complicated procedure. If it isn’t done carefully, a narrowed bulbous tip could lead to nasal obstruction, causing issues with breathing. You’ll want to make sure you do a lot of research on your surgeon’s technique to reduce the risk of complications.

Ultimately the main goal of rhinoplasty for this procedure is to reshape the lower lateral cartilage so that it more resembles a soft triangular appearance.

Rhinoplasty can be likened to an artist creating a masterpiece. There are several different routes your surgeon can take in order to get the desired shape of your new nose. It’s best if you speak to your surgeon and get their professional opinion on which route is best.


If you’ve researched long enough, you’ve probably come across some misconceptions about how to improve the appearance of your nose. Most of the disinformation out there has good intentions, but any surgeon worth his/her salt will immediately find fault with it.

One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that people tend to think a lot of tissue needs to be removed in order to rectify a bulbous nose. Back in the early days of plastic surgery, this was a widespread practice. But as the years went by and procedures were refined and improved, plastic surgeons realized that removing a lot of tissue actually results in destabilization, an unnatural appearance and even pinching. The preferred method is to reorient the part of the nose that contributes to the undesired appearance.

Cost of Rhinoplasty for Bulbous Tip

The average cost for a bulbous tip varies from surgeon to surgeon. You should be wary of any surgeons that offer “coupons” or “group rates”. It takes great talent and many years of practice for a surgeon to successfully fix a bulbous tip nose. As such, you have to wonder why a surgeon would offer a coupon in order to get more patients in their front door. The work of the surgeon and their esteemed reputation should speak for itself.

The amount of work and/or skill that will be required for your procedure will also have an impact on the price. No two people are alike. What may be a quick procedure for one person could be a longer procedure for another. The only way to tell is to make an appointment and let the surgeon take a look at your nose.

What’s Recovery Like?

As with any surgery, you’re going to want to take it easy for the first few days after the procedure. Your body will begin to heal almost immediately after you come out of anesthesia. There are a few things you can do to help speed up the healing process:

  • Don’t smoke or do drugs. Smoking, excessive drinking and drug consumption can lower your immune system and significantly delay the healing process.
  • Follow the after-care instructions of your doctor. They will give you some advice on what you should and shouldn’t do immediately after the surgery. This advice is meant to help speed up the healing process, so it’s important that you heed it.
  • Take any medications that are prescribed for you. If you’re prescribed antibiotics, take every last pill that’s in the bottle. Don’t stop taking it because you start to feel better. There is a good reason why doctors prescribe the exact amount of antibiotic pills that they do.
  • If you are allergic to prescription pain meds, ask your doctor about over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain meds such as Ibuprofen.

Depending on your specific surgery, you can get your splint taken off about one week after surgery. By this point in time, the majority of the pain should be gone. If it isn’t, let your doctor know and they will advise you on how to proceed.

Bulbous tip rhinoplasty in Baltimore

At the Baltimore Center for Plastic Surgery, we specialize in helping fix bulbous nose tips. Our skilled surgeons will transform the shape of your nose into something you’ll be very happy with.

The Baltimore Center was founded and directed by Johns Hopkins faculty member Dr. Randolph Capone. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped to help our patients look and feel their very best.

Give us a call at (410) 828-4123 or schedule a consultation and one of our expert surgeons will take a look at your nose and let you know the best options available for you!

Founded and directed by Johns Hopkins faculty Dr. Randolph Capone, the Baltimore Center is a premier plastic surgery practice dedicated exclusively to providing state of the art care for individuals desiring body enhancement, rejuvenation, or repair. The Baltimore Center for Plastic Surgery was founded for one purpose: to combat the signs of aging and deformity.

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