Tip Rhinoplasty
Nasal tip rhinoplasty surgery often involves reshaping and repositioning of the lower lateral cartilages. These are the cartilages which make up the tip of the nose. There is a right and left lower lateral cartilage. They have a “C” shape turned upside down and curve over the nostrils. Many maneuvers have been described to deal with the lower lateral cartilages.
Areas of Improvement
Results will last
This is a permanent change
Recovery Time
1 week to return to normal activities.
Recovery Process
While the nose may appear swollen, patients typically can return to work, school or routine activities one week following surgery and can resume light exercise in eight to 10 days. Bruising can occur but usually is resolved by one week.

Each tip rhinoplasty case is different and presents its own set of unique challenges to the Rhinoplasty surgeon. This is precisely why experience matters when it comes to rhinoplasty surgery. Select a rhinoplasty surgeon who has appropriate training in rhinoplasty surgery and has demonstrated experience with happy patients.


The bottom third of the nose is the most complex portion of the nose structurally and usually poses the greatest challenge to the Rhinoplasty surgeon. This is illustrated by the fact that assessment and management of the nasal tip is often the marquee topic of discussion at Rhinoplasty meetings and articles in Plastic Surgery publication. One of the leading causes of patient dissatisfaction after primary rhinoplasty surgery is unsatisfactory correction of the nasal tip.

The nasal tip is bounded by the lower edge of the upper lateral cartilages superiorly and the columella inferiorly. Its lateral border is the attachment of the nasal rim or alar base to the lip-cheek crease. The nasal tip anatomy is represented by a complex relationship between the lower lateral cartilages which occupy most of the tip, the lower edge of the upper lateral cartilages and the front part of the vertical nasal septal cartilage. Small attachments or ligaments exist between these three structures for nasal tip support.

Nasal tip rhinoplasty work is the most challenging and many times the most critical aspect of any Rhinoplasty surgery. It requires the most focus and attention. The final results of rhinoplasty surgery aren’t evident until 6-12 months following nose surgery and the nasal tip is usually the last area to settle. As the nasal appearance evolves over time undesirable changes may develop years later. The most common motivation for secondary rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty is the development of a new deformity after primary rhinoplasty.

The Sullivan Difference

We are passionate about helping you achieve your goals. We are not here to simply sell you a new product or service. Our prescriptive skin care approach provides you with a highly-customized solution that meet your specific needs. Dr. Michael Sullivan, an internationally renowned plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience, will evaluate you, listen to your concerns, and then guides you to the optimal treatment regimen. Our skin care specialist will serve as your personal concierge throughout the process to answer your questions, address your concerns, and teach you how to properly care for your skin.

The specific risk and possible complications as they relate to tip rhinoplasty will be discussed at your initial consultation.
I wish I hadn’t waited so long to have surgery! The procedure was much easier than I expected—in part due to the relaxed atmosphere and, of course, the expertise of Dr. Mike and his staff!
Tip Rhinoplasty
A.S., Rhinoplasty patient