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Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
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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 before photo.

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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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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