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Nose Tip Surgery: Procedure, Cost and Recovery

19 September 2014

The shape and size of the nose can make a dramatic difference to the symmetry of the face. A nose tip surgery or a nose tip rhinoplasty is carried out to enhance the appearance of the nose tip. It is suitable in cases where deformations are present in the nose tip while the nose bridge is already straight. Through the cosmetic surgery, the nose tip can be narrowed if broad, straightened if crooked, raised if droops, or made thinner if it is rounded. While some surgeries may require only minor incisions, others may ask for nose implants or grafts to be introduced to the nose tips. The approach for each nose tip rhinoplasty varies based on the aesthetic appearance that the patient wishes to achieve through the surgery.

How much does a nose tip rhinoplasty cost?

The surgeon's fee is a predominant factor that affects the cost of a nose tip rhinoplasty. While the experience and expertise of the surgeon mainly governs the nature of the fee, location also plays a crucial role. Many patients are choosing these cost-friendly healthcare destinations for their nose tip surgeries as they can make considerable amount of savings even after factoring in expenses from accommodation and travel, while it also presents an opportunity for them to enjoy a vacation before or after the surgery.

Brazil, Malaysia, Thailand, and Czech Republic are some destinations that have offerings of quality nose tip rhinoplasty procedures at affordable rates. Nose tip rhinoplasty costs about £1,600 in Prague. Nose tip rhinoplasty procedures cost even lesser in Brazil, averaging about £835.

Nose tip surgery procedure

The patient should not use any pharmaceuticals that contain acetylsalicylic acid prior (3 weeks) to the surgery, as it can impede blood clotting. The patient is administered general anesthesia during a nose tip surgery. The surgical incisions are all made on the internal part of the nose and cannot be seen on the external surface. The surgeon retracts the soft nasal tissue to gain access to the nose cartilage. He/she then shapes the cartilage and removes excess cartilage based on the anatomy of the patient's nasal structure to achieve the desired contour.

The surgeon may use grafts from other parts such as the ears, ribs or nasal septum to make the nose tips firmer. Once the nasal cartilage has been suitably sculpted and the nose tip is repositioned, the soft nasal tissues are re-shaped and the surgical sutures are used to secure the operated region. The procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes, and the patient is discharged from the facility on the same day.

Nose tip surgery recovery

The downtime after a nose tip surgery is relatively shorter as opposed to a conventional rhinoplasty as only the cartilage tissues are shaped cosmetically during the procedure. Since the nasal skeletal framework is not disturbed during the course of the procedure, the swelling or bruising is minimal. Surgical stitches are typically removed within a week, and in some cases dissolvable stitches are used. The surgically operated area may be bandaged to reduce swelling. The swelling may prevail for the first 2 or 3 days. The surgeon may also place a post-op splint on the nose for about 5-6 days until the surgical site heals.

The splint makes sure that no damage is done to the delicate operated region in the days following the surgery. Patients should take special care while blowing the nose or washing the face, and not participate in contact sports or other activities that could disturb the operated nasal structure. The surgical site may take about eight to twelve months before it heals completely, and before the stabilized results show.

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