Droopy Nose Rhinoplasty
A droopy nose is the name given for a nose that hooks downward or is elongated, similar to how a witch is depicted. Also referred to as nasal tip ptosis, this drooping is caused by a lack or loss of structure on the nasal tip which is what supports the nasal tip. Poor structure support can be a result of trauma, genetics, or aging. The drooping appearance of the nose can also be caused by an elongated bridge or septum, or as a result of a strong muscle above the upper lip pulling down on the nasal tip.
Droopy nose rhinoplasty as performed by Dr. Hamawy is specifically designed to lift the tip of the nose to a more proportional, aesthetically pleasing elevation. By enhancing this one aspect of the nose the entire visage is improved, and the face will appear harmonious.
Who Is A Candidate?
If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your nose because it is drooping or hooked at the nasal tip, you could qualify as a candidate if you:
- Are in good health
- Have completed facial and nose growth
- Don’t smoke or are willing to quit
- Have realistic expectations of the result
Patients of all ages can be considered for droopy nose rhinoplasty so long as the nose is done growing. A drooping nose can be congenital, or a result of aging as the tip naturally begins to droop with time. Dr. Hamawy can perform this procedure as a primary rhinoplasty, or a revision of a previous surgery.
During the consultation Dr. Hamawy will have already taken measurements of the angle of the nose between the upper lip and nasal tip. This will determine how high the tip should be lifted, keeping in mind the patient’s desired outcome. All surgical rhinoplasty procedures are performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. Patients are able to return home after the surgery.
To fix nasal tip ptosis, Dr. Hamawy can use either an open or closed technique depending on the case specifics. Once the appropriate incision has been made, cartilage grafts from inside the ear, or rib will be used to add tip support. Alar suspension sutures may be used as well. In cases of revision rhinoplasty to fix a drooping tip, lateral alar extension grafts and septal strut grafts may be used to raise the tip and add structure.
Why Should I Get A Droopy Nose Rhinoplasty?
Lifting a drooping nasal tip will bring symmetry and harmony to the face, drawing people’s attention to the eyes where it belongs. But while there is obvious cosmetic benefit to undergoing rhinoplasty for a droopy nasal tip, there is functional benefit as well. Severe nasal tip drooping can be a cause of breathing problems. A good test is to lift the tip of your nose and see if you are able to breathe better. If you do, you may qualify as a candidate for this rhinoplasty procedure. If you are interested in droopy tip rhinoplasty, contact our Princeton, New Jersey location today to schedule a one-on-one appointment with Dr. Hamawy.