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Is it possible to thin the nasal tip and create a more refined shape to the nose? I am of South Asian origin.

Your questions answered by our surgeon, Lucian Ion, FRCS(Plast)

Asked on 09 June 2010

Question

Hi Dr Ion, I have a question regarding ethnic rhinoplasty.

I have been to see a couple of consultants in the UK and was advised against rhinoplasty because they felt my nasal tip is too thick.

My question to you is that, is it possible to thin the nasal tip and create a more refined shape to the nose? I am of South Asian origin.

I look to hearing from you. Thank You.

Answer

Thank you for your inquiry.

With nose reshaping surgery it is indeed possible to reduce the thickness of the soft tissues of the nasal tip.

In order to create a more defined contour, this is not sufficient, as one of the characteristics of South Asian noses is that the cartilage is sometimes too soft. This can be more accurately determined at the time of a consultation.

It may then be necessary to use reinforcement to the support of the nasal tip and sometimes to build up the bridge of the nose using cartilage grafts. Most commonly, with ethnic rhinoplasty I tend to use rib cartilage grafts.

Finally, it is important to keep expectations from surgery realistic, and this can also be discussed more clearly in consultation.

Lucian Ion Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Lucian Ion FRCS(Plast)
129 Harley Street
London
W1G 6BA

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