“Tip Lift” Nose Job 101: All About the Newest Rhinoplasty Trend

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Coming in hot as a new buzzy procedure, the “tip lift” nose job is gaining popularity online. Unlike a traditional rhinoplasty, a “tip lift” focuses specifically on the nasal tip and can reshape a nose without the need for extensive surgery. Here, we explore what sets it apart from other rhinoplasty techniques, who is an ideal candidate, and what to expect during the recovery process.

What is a “Tip Lift” Nose Job?

New York plastic surgeon Jennifer Levine, MD explains, “A ‘tip lift’ involves only lifting the tip of the nose and not performing any structural changes to the rest of the nose.” Unlike traditional rhinoplasty procedures, which involve altering the entire nose structure, the tip lift is specifically designed to address isolated tip problems. “There are multiple approaches and procedures depending on the nature of the problem and the type of skin the patient has. The procedure can make the tip narrower, shorten the nose, rotate the tip and narrow the base of the nose. Different maneuvers depend on the anatomy of the nose and the desired outcome.”

“A tip lift involves the elevation of the nose tip by propping up and strengthening the columella structure,” adds Arcadia, CA plastic surgeon Arthur Y. Yu, MD. “If necessary, an on-lay cartilage graft can also be placed on the nasal dorsal structure for more tip projection.”

Who Is a Good Candidate?

Dr. Levine advises that this procedure is an excellent solution for individuals with isolated tip issues. “However, it may not be suitable for those with a crooked nose or a prominent bump,” she says.

To determine candidacy, Dr. Yu notes the importance of consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon who can assess the individual’s unique anatomy and needs. “My particular method involves an intraoral approach, through the frenulum, going up towards the columella,” he says. By carefully placing a nasal tip graft and a columella graft, he achieves a natural lift and projection of the nose tip. “By doing this I can completely avoid any cutting on the columella skin or inside the nose mucosa. The surgery is minimally invasive, and the recovery is usually faster.”

What Does Recovery Entail?

Following the “tip lift” rhinoplasty, Dr. Levine says the nose is typically taped for about a week and to expect to have swelling for several weeks. Both surgeons emphasize the need for proper aftercare, including following post-surgical instructions. While it’s generally safe, she notes risks may include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, or the need for secondary procedures. 

For a subtly refined tip, the “tip lift” might be the right choice, however, it’s always best to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your unique needs based on your facial anatomy. “It can bring harmony and balance to the face,” says Dr. Yu. “The ratio to facial profile width becomes more in line with the golden ratio of the face, and could make a round or big face appear much smaller, in addition to making the nose more beautiful.”

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