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Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
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She doesn't really have a ball on the end of her nose, even if that's the cliché.  The cartilages that form the tip of her nose are wide, and they overlap each other, giving the impression of a ball.

A wide tip will appear to be a bulge on an oblique view of the nose.  If you put your finger on her nose where it begins, next to the inner corner of her left eye, and run your finger down the edge of her nose, your finger will have to bump out to your right as it follows the bulge around the tip of her nose in this view.  In the after picture, with a narrower tip, that bulge is gone, and your finger would trace a straight line from where her nose begins down to the tip.

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Questioner: Do I need a revision rhinoplasty?
I like everything about my new nose but the tip. Im 20 months post op and I'm not thrilled about the tip. It's very round and sort of droopy. Especially in pictures. At my last follow up, my doctor acknowledged that the skin underneath the nose was a little loose but even with the new procedure, there's a chance it'll still look the same way it does now. He claims there's no way to get rid of the skin. Thoughts?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: It doesn't look like loose skin to me.
I have to say, I've never seen a case where drooping at the bottom of the nose there is loose skin hanging down. It's either cartilage or scar tissue.

This far after surgery, if the nose is still too big, you're looking at a revision. There are a couple of pieces of good news for you, though. It appears, from these photos, that the size is the result of strong cartilages under the skin, and a revision where reduction in size is the goal is more predictable than some other changes we try to make.

I would try to elevate the entire tip of your nose -- that's key -- narrow the tip, bring the whole nose back closer to the face, lower the bridge to match the new position of the tip.

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