Your guide to having bulbous nose rhinoplasty

bulbous nose rhinoplasty

The nose is the central feature of the face and plays a vital role in achieving facial harmony. But an oversized and bulbous nose disrupts facial balance and can make you feel self-conscious.

If you are wondering how to improve your bulbous nose, read on to know more about bulbous nose rhinoplasty.


What is a bulbous nose?


When the nose tip is round and enlarged, it is called a bulbous nose. Typically, the round appearance of the nose results from genetics so if either of your parents has a bulbous nose, you too may develop it. 

However, some people also develop a bulbous nose tip due to accident, injury, or ageing that causes the nose tip to become flat or boxy. A rounded nose may also develop due to weak nose cartilage collapse.


What is bulbous nose rhinoplasty?


Rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure to improve the nose’s aesthetic and functional features. A sharper, rather than bulbous, nose tip is often desired because it can make the face appear more balanced and enhance your confidence.

If you’ve got a boxy, bulbous nose, your face can look imbalanced and your nose may appear bigger than it actually is. This can lead to feelings of low confidence and self-esteem and dissatisfaction with your appearance.

A bulbous nose rhinoplasty can transform the overall look of your face by sculpting the nose in the most natural way.


How can a rhinoplasty fix a bulbous nose?


Rhinoplasty for a bulbous nose is done to reconstruct the bulbous nose into a sharp conical nose tip, improving your facial appearance and making you feel more confident.

Dr Adnan personally tailors your rhinoplasty to obtain optimal results. Your bulbous nose rhinoplasty will depend on the following factors:

  • Your nose shape
  • Strength of your nasal bridge or cartilage
  • Scope of improvement 
  • The thickness of the skin of the nasal tip

Sometimes, the thick skin at the nasal tip can make your nose flat and rounded. In bulbous nose rhinoplasty, Dr Adnan removes the extra expanded tissue on the nasal tip, resurrects the columella (the bridge of tissue separating the nostrils at the base), and gives you the perfect nose you desire.


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Procedures for bulbous nose rhinoplasty 


Bulbous Nose Rhinoplasty precedure


Dr Adnan will choose the best approach for bulbous nose rhinoplasty, depending on your nose shape and physiology.

One technique is to remove cartilage from the nasal tip and then reshape the remaining cartilage to create a more aesthetically pleasing nasal tip.

Another approach may be to create a defined tip with sutures (stitches). 


Which is the best option for bulbous nose rhinoplasty: open or closed rhinoplasty?


There are two main rhinoplasty approaches: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. These two types of rhinoplasty differ in terms of where and how incisions are made and what minor tweaks are done to create the nasal tip. Let’s find out more about open and closed rhinoplasty procedures for bulbous nose rhinoplasty.


Open rhinoplasty


In an open rhinoplasty, a long incision is made along the columella, the tissue between the nostril tip and base. With this approach, there is minimal scarring, it will heal, and the scar will fade over time. Open rhinoplasty is a comparatively more complex procedure.

The open rhinoplasty technique improves the nose’s cosmetic and functional shortcomings. This advanced procedure allows the surgeon better access and visibility to the internal anatomy of the nose during the surgery. The extra cartilage is reshaped or removed, and the nose tip is shaped precisely. 


Closed rhinoplasty


A closed rhinoplasty is a minor or less invasive procedure. In closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made from within the nose. This rhinoplasty guarantees no scarring, minimal swelling and recovery time, and is a brief procedure.

To determine which type of rhinoplasty is best for your bulbous nose, Dr Adnan will examine your nose and suggest the best rhinoplasty approach to achieve your desired facial appearance. 


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Cost of bulbous nose rhinoplasty


The cost of rhinoplasty in Dubai starts from 45,000 AED (excluding VAT). However, the final cost of bulbous nose correction will be determined by the following factors:

  • The extent of nose correction 
  • Incision approach: open or closed 
  • The individual fee of an experienced plastic surgeon
  • Complimentary expertise required in surgery
  • Cost of anaesthesia


How long will it take for rhinoplasty results to become visible?


You can expect to see results 2-3 weeks after having a bulbous nose rhinoplasty. However, noticeable results will be visible only after swelling and bruising subside completely. 

Any inflammation will subside gradually over time. Some residual swelling may take months to subside and show final results.


Is it permanent?


Yes, bulbous nose rhinoplasty is a permanent procedure. You will be instructed to avoid applying pressure to the nasal tip to help it heal faster.

You will have to visit for follow-ups after your procedure. 


Recovery after bulbous nose rhinoplasty 


Bulbous Nose Rhinoplasty Recovery


The first two weeks after bulbous nose rhinoplasty are crucial for recovery. During this time, you should take plenty of rest and keep your head elevated. You should also avoid strenuous work, pressing on your nose tips, or being in an environment where you are likely to sneeze.

After the first week, your stitches will be removed and the tapes will be applied. These will be removed in the subsequent week. 


Tips for faster recovery


Here are a few tips to reduce recovery time and accelerate recovery.


Keep your head elevated 


After surgery make sure you sleep on your back and avoid sleeping in side positions or on the stomach. Avoid putting pillows on your face. It’s best to sleep in a recliner position using two to three pillows to prop you up. 


Use cold compresses


Placing a cold compress on the cheeks can reduce swelling. But be careful not to apply pressure around the operation site, and avoid placing ice packs directly on the nose. It can dislodge the stent and shift the newly formed bones or cartilage. 

When using a cold compress, do not apply it on the skin for a prolonged time as this could numb or cause burning sensations to the skin.


Avoid intense exercise


Avoid exercise in the period following surgery, as it can slow the healing process or even undo the work your surgeon has carried out.

However, with your doctor’s permission, you can start brisk walking, as long as you avoid applying pressure to your nose. Avoid strenuous movements as they can increase swelling and injure your nose, delaying recovery.


Avoid showers – take baths 


After bulbous nose rhinoplasty you will need to wear bandages on your nose, which you should avoid getting wet. During showers, the spray can make your bandages wet so it’s best to take a sponge bath or normal bath and avoid getting water on your face for a week after surgery.

Dr Adnan Tahir is one of the best plastic surgeons in Dubai, with more than 20 years of expertise in cosmetic procedures. He is also renowned for his revisional plastic surgery procedures, with many positive patient reviews.

If you would love to transform the look of your face with bulbous nose rhinoplasty, book an appointment with Dr Adnan today, knowing that your nose is in the safest and most skilled hands.