Pinched Tip Problems
While many natural aesthetic problems people try to resolve through rhinoplasty turn up again and again (such as nasal humps, uneven nostrils, or saddle noses), there are also a number of issues that can be caused by poorly executed primary rhinoplasty surgery. One of these issues, the pinched tip, is a common and unattractive problem. But what triggers a pinched tip, and how can it be fixed?
Causes of Pinched Tips
A pinched tip looks exactly like it sounds. It is caused by excessive removal of cartilage in the nasal tip, which can, over time, pull the tip in, causing the pinched appearance. This problem occurs more often when the closed rhinoplasty approach is used. When a surgeon is too aggressive in removing nasal tip cartilage, it can trigger structural issues. A pinched tip can take a while to present, as the weakened structure of the nose might not give in right away.
Treatment of Pinched Tips
Unfortunately, the only solution to a pinched tip is to perform a revision rhinoplasty procedure. The surgeon will graft additional cartilage to the tip area to restore structure and resolve the sunken appearance. Cartilage grafts may be taken from the septum, ear, or rib area, depending on the situation. Revision rhinoplasty is a much more complicated procedure than primary rhinoplasty, so great care must be taken with the second surgery.
Preventing a Pinched Tip
The best way to prevent surgically-caused problems such as a pinched tip is to do your research and find a talented rhinoplasty specialist you trust completely. Most bad outcomes can be avoided by carefully selecting a qualified surgeon who takes a custom approach to each surgery. If you’d like to learn more about primary or revision rhinoplasty from an acclaimed specialist, contact Dr. Andrew S. Frankel at the Lasky Clinic of Beverly Hills today to set up your consultation: (310) 552-2173.