For patients with nasal features that are disproportionate, enlarged, or protrude noticeably from the face, this can be a big cause for concern and lead them to shy away from meeting new people, being photographed, or drawing attention to these areas. At the Pryor Health facility in Rockford, we offer various methods to help patients address these issues.
A nonsurgical approach to a nose job can help create symmetry. It has the best success in patients with mild cases of bulbous noses or a nose that only looks bulbous because the bridge is thin or low.
Non Surgical rhinoplasty can alter the appearance of the bulbous nose using hyaluronic acid-based filler injections, such as Radiesse, Restylane, or Juvéderm. Fillers temporarily plump up the area to reduce the appearance of unwanted nasal features, including a bulbous tip. This is done without the use of anesthesia or recovery time. The results typically last around 6–18 months, depending on the fillers used and your body’s natural healing ability.
Ablative lasers such as CO2 lasers can tighten and smooth skin by melting away the rough upper layers to reveal smoother, healthier skin. Laser treatments are ideal for patients whose bulbous nose is caused by a buildup of skin. The treatments can target different layers of the skin to help deliver more dramatic results and often provide dual-treatments to help correct various symptoms at once.
Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation technique that helps to buff away the layers of skin affected by sun damage, skin conditions, and dirt, and bacteria. This procedure has shown success in improving mildly bulbous noses with an abrasive brush or micordermabrader device.
Rhinoplasty, commonly called a nose job, is a surgical procedure that reshapes and resizes the nose. The surgical techniques in rhinoplasty can alter nasal anatomy and appearance and offer a permanent fix for a bulbous nose. Like most surgical procedures, rhinoplasty is performed under anesthesia and typically cases for two weeks of downtime to recover. Rhinophyma is most commonly and successfully treated with rhinoplasty.
Two types of rhinoplasty are available: open, which requires an incision on the underside of the bridge; or closed, where all incisions are hidden within the nose. Cartilage grafts and nasal tip alteration may also be necessary to treat a bulbous nose.
The term bulbous quite literally means “shaped like a bulb”. In regards to the nose, this term refers to a dramatically rounded tip.
This can occur for several different reasons, a genetic disposition, cartilage anatomy, and underlying skin conditions. Patients who are predisposed to thick skin may find this to be an issue. Here are some issues or conditions that can cause a bulbous nose:
When the nasal tip cartilage is excessively curved, this can result in an unwanted bulb-shape to develop on the tip of the nose. Generally, this is the most common cause for a bulbous tip and is easily corrected with a surgical procedure like a rhinoplasty.
If the bridge of the nose is excessively narrow or low it can cause the tip to look rounded in comparison. For these patients, techniques that raise the bridge of the nose can help reduce the appearance of a bulbous tip.
Rhinophyma is a skin condition that causes the nose to become red, swollen, and rounded. While the exact cause of rhinophyma is unknown, it is a subtype of rosacea and can develop if left untreated or neglected.
Rhinophyma is most common in men between the ages of 50 and 70, and it often follows an initial appearance of rosacea. While most rhinophyma is benign, it is possible for the cells to become malignant, so patients should monitor these cases.
Oral and topical medications, such as steroids, retinoids, and antibiotics, may be used to treat less severe forms of rosacea. However, once rhinophyma has developed, these treatment methods often don’t have effective results and surgery will be required.
You are invited to book a treatment at Pryor Health where we offer a full range of Surgical, Medspa and Wellness services to take years off of your appearance. We are known for our results and care of our patients.
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