Address an Overly Narrow Look in the New York Area
A pinched nose tip is the common term for when the lowest part of the nose is very narrow, creating an aesthetically unpleasing appearance to the nose. Ideally, the nose on a man or a woman should maintain the same width from top to bottom, with the width of the nose diverging slightly to the area plastic surgeons refer to as tip-defining points. In essence, we are referring to a very narrow tip. For a pinched nose tip, New York-area patients will find that there are several potential causes, but a main potential solution.
The first cause of a pinched nose tip is congenital—the medical term that refers to how someone is born. Some people are just born with a very narrow tip to their nose. Many of these people have difficulty breathing,though some do not. Another cause of a pinched nose tip can be trauma. Over the years, we have seen patients who have fractured the lower cartilage of the nose in a way that has resulted in collapse or a very narrow tip. Perhaps the most common cause of a pinched nose tip that is not related to birth is poorly performed rhinoplasty surgery. Surgery with an inexperienced surgeon can result in the removal of too much cartilage in the tip of the nose in an attempt to achieve a more refined tip. With time, aging, and scar contracture (this is referred to the “shrink wrap effect”), the lower aspect of the nose can actually appear very narrow or pinched. A somewhat unflattering term for this is “pencil tip.”
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Correcting the pinched nose tip in most individuals starts with obtaining a consultation with an experienced rhinoplasty specialist who will evaluate the inside and outside of the nose to determine the causes and a plan for fixing the pinched nose tip. Many times this will require harvesting cartilage from either the septum or ear to help rebuild the tip of the nose so that it is much more balanced and in alignment with the nose from top to bottom. Before discussing this specific plan, many reputable surgeons will include computerized imaging so that they are able to effectively communicate with the patient to obtain a desirable and achievable goal.
If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure to correct a pinched nose tip and want to consult with an experienced New York-area facial plastic surgeon, call the Williams Center at 1-800-742-2797 today!