Can Tip Reduction Rhinoplasty Be Done Successfully In A Thick Skinned Bulbous Nose?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Is tip reduction possible in this very thick skinned big bulbous nose tip?

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your picture. The question is not whether tip reduction rhinoplasty surgery can be done in your nose but whether the amount of improvement obtained would justify the effort. That answer would never really be known until the surgery was done and the outcome eventually seen. But the way to choose whether surgery is worth it up front, in a procedure where the outcome can not be accurately predicted beforehand, is the attitude one walks into surgery taking. If one says to themselves any improvement is better than what I have have…then surgery will be worth it But if one has a very specific goal (e.g., 50% reduction and a substantially thinner nose) and one feels surgery would not be worth it unless that was obtained than one shouldn’t do it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana