In these photos we see another clue, that his nose is
over-projecting. In the after photo, draw these two imaginary lines: a
mostly-horizontal line drawn along the base of his nose, and a line drawn along the skin from the
base of his nose down to his upper lip. Those two lines meet at a sharp
angle. In the before picture, however, they don't. The line that traces the
skin of his upper lip curves forward to meet the bottom of his nose in the
If you grab the tip of your nose and pull it forward, making your nose more
projecting, your upper lip skin
will do the same thing. When the upper lip skin pulls forward like that,
we call it "tethering of the upper lip," and it's usually an
indication that the nose is a projecting nose.
The rhinoplasty section of the Surgery tutorials contains a chapter
that discusses the phenomenon of upper lip tethering (the surgery tutorials contain explicit photographs taken during surgery).
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Would getting just the tip of my nose done help my face profile?
I am very insecure and I really don't like facing people. Especially from the side! I can't afford a a real expensive nose job! I currently have $4300 saved for the procedure and that took a whIle! Please give me some advice to make this as good but as cheap as possible! Thank you:)
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Tough question. Tough. My advice is to not have surgery right now.
Your nose has very wide tip cartilages and strong forward projection away from your face. While it is possible to make impressive improvement in your nose, the operation requires very advanced techniques, and the vast majority of plastic surgeons would not be able to handle it.
Unfortunately, it's just reality that excellent rhinoplasty tends to be expensive; well more than half of the $4300 would be eaten up by anesthesia, the operating facility, required preoperative tests and examinations, leaving not enough for the surgeon's fee for a surgeon who could handle a nose like yours. And having surgery with a surgeon who is not qualified to handle a nose like yours (even though he might be board certified), could very well leave it worse, and now you're looking at a *much* more expensive revision.
When it does come time to look for a surgeon, be sure to look at his before and after photos. Seeing profile views where a hump was removed doesn't tell you anything about how the surgeon can handle the tip of the nose.
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