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Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
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In this frontal view, we can see that the nose was shortened because the after picture shows some of the patients nostrils, invisible in the before picture.  In a frontal view, a long, drooping tip will cover the nostrils.

Also, look at the two white dots on the tip of her nose.  The white dots are created by the flashes reflecting off of her tip cartilages.  The dots are about at the level of her nostrils in the before picture, and they're well above the level of the nostrils in the after picture.

Finally, if you look carefully at the lower edge of the tip of her nose, you'll see that I narrowed her tip and filled in a little dent that existed between her two tip cartilages.


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Questioner: Is my nose tip broken?
As a child I had a bad fall on my nose. Ever since it has gradually got worse over the years. I have trouble breathing from my left nostril and I have a poor sense of smell. I can feel a split at the front of the tip. Also if I squeeze my nose tip it feels springy. I'm not sure if this is related, but I suffer with nose bleeds alot too
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Your nose isn't broken, but you must be very careful in selecting a surgeon.
The split and the springiness and the size of your tip are all related to the fact that the two cartilages that form the tip of your nose are fairly large and asymmetric. Your skin is thin, so it's easy to see, and even feel, the contour of those cartilages under the skin.

This all means that if you decide to have a rhinoplasty, you must be very, very careful about selecting the right surgeon. The vast majority of rhinoplasty surgeons do not have the skill and expertise to handle your tip cartilages, which cartilages pose a significant technical challenge.

When evaluating surgeons, you must insist on seeing before and after photos of their other patients. Look to see whether the doctor has been able to handle large tips like yours. If the photos only show profile views, like shaving off a hump, that's not good enough evidence for your situation. Generally, the three-quarter views show the tip cartilages best.

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