Q: Dr. Eppley, I am very unhappy with the result of a rhinoplasty that I had done two years ago. It was a closed rhinoplasty and I wanted to have a more refined and pretty nasal tip. It has ended up, however, being just a balled up fat tip with nostrils that now look bigger. What type of rhinoplasty do I need now to fix it? And can it be fixed?
A: Thank you for sending your pictures. What appears to have happened is that you have lost cartilaginous support of the tip due to overresection of the lower alar cartilages and the caudal end of the septum. The thick overlying tip skin has now just contracted inward without adequate support, resulting in a ball-like tip with excessive nostril show. Your nasal problem most definitely can not be fixed by any closed rhinoplasty method. It will need a rhinoplasty revision using an open approach and cartilage grafting to restore support for the tip to create a more natural shape and decrease nostril show. You will need a columellar strut graft and alar rim grafts to help correct the retraction as well as tip reshaping. These type grafts are best placed through an open rhinoplasty, particularly in the face of a nose that has scar from prior surgery. Presumably these cartilages grafts can be harvested from the septum and the ear.
Dr. Barry Eppley