Tip Plasty – Nasal Tip Reshaping in Melbourne

Tip Rhinoplasty, also known as tip plasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at addressing specific cosmetic concerns related to the nasal tip. It focuses on correcting issues such as a boxy nasal tip, droopy tip, round tip, round nose, or bulbous tip, which may affect the proportion and balance of the nose.

Dr Stephen Kleid, an experienced ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon, specializes in tip plasty and offers this procedure to patients seeking improvement in the appearance of their nasal tip. With a wealth of expertise in ENT surgery, Dr. Kleid is highly regarded as one of the leading surgeons in tip plasty, both in Melbourne and across Australia.

Anatomy and Altering Nasal Tip Concerns


The nasal tip, located at the outermost part of the nose, consists of cartilage covered by skin. Understanding the different components of the nasal tip is crucial in addressing specific deformities through tip plasty.

The key structures of the nasal tip include:

  1. Alae: The lateral sides of the nostrils.
  2. Columella: The central column that separates the two nostrils.
  3. Nasal septum: The partition that divides the nasal cavities.

Nasal Tip Concerns


Tip plasty, also known as tip rhinoplasty, tipoplasty, nasal tip enhancement, or nasal tip correction, focuses on addressing specific issues with the nasal tip. It can be performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other rhinoplasty techniques, depending on the individual’s goals.

The primary goal of tip plasty is to reshape the nasal tip. Dr Kleid utilizes customized surgical techniques tailored to each patient’s unique anatomy and desired outcomes. The procedure may involve tissue removal, reshaping, alteration, or cartilage implantation to achieve the desired aesthetic changes.

Some common Nasal Tip issues and their corresponding treatments include:

  • Droopy Nasal Tip
    • When the nasal tip droops downward.
    • A tip plasty procedure can elevate the nasal tip, providing a more aesthetically pleasing contour.
    • Some refer to this as a “nose tip lift.”
  • Overprojecting Nasal Tip:
    • When the nasal tip protrudes excessively forward
    • Nasal tip reduction is employed to bring the tip into better proportion with the rest of the face.
  • Underprojecting Nasal Tip
    • When the nasal tip lacks adequate projection, it can be addressed through a combination of nasal tip lift and augmentation techniques to achieve a more balanced appearance.
  • Bulbous Nasal Tip
    • A bulbous nasal tip appears round and disproportionately large compared to the rest of the nose.
    • Nasal tip reduction, performed during tip plasty, is the preferred treatment for this condition.
  • Boxy Nasal Tip
    • In cases where the nasal tip appears wide and lacks a pointed shape, reducing and reshaping the tip can provide a more refined appearance.
  • Pointy Nasal Tip
    • If the nasal tip is overly sharp and narrow, surgical manipulation, combined with the use of a nasal tip graft, can widen and refine the tip.
  • Small Nasal Tip
    • Augmentation of a small nasal tip can be achieved by using cartilage grafts sourced from the ribs or ears.
  • Narrow Nasal Tip
    • Dr Kleid can enhance the curvature of a narrow nasal tip by strategically placing cartilage grafts during tipoplasty.

During a consultation, Dr Kleid will assess your nasal tip anatomy and discuss the most appropriate surgical techniques to address your specific concerns. The specific techniques employed during tip plasty will depend on individual factors and desired changes.


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Potential Cosmetic Benefits of Tip Plasty Surgery

Tip Rhinoplasty offers several potential cosmetic benefits, including:

  • Refining the shape
    • Tip plasty can address a variety of aesthetic concerns related to the nasal tip, such as a boxy or bulbous shape, asymmetry, or a droopy appearance. The procedure aims to create a more defined and refined nasal tip that better suits the overall facial features.
  • Correcting Asymmetry
    • If the nasal tip is noticeably asymmetrical, tip plasty can help achieve better balance and symmetry by reshaping and repositioning the tip.
  • Reducing nasal projection
    • Some individuals may have a nasal tip that protrudes excessively, affecting the overall facial profile.
    • Tip plasty can modify the projection of the nasal tip, creating a more proportionate and balanced appearance.
  • Alter nasal proportions
    • By addressing specific issues with the nasal tip, tip plasty can improve the overall proportions of the nose, creating better harmony with other facial features.

It’s important to consult with a qualified surgeon like Dr Stephen Kleid to discuss your specific goals and expectations for tip plasty. He can provide personalized recommendations based on your unique facial anatomy and desired outcome.

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Who is a Candidate for Tip Plasty?

Nasal tip correction surgery may be an option for you if you;

  • Are both mentally and physically healthy.
  • Are over 18 years of age.
  • Feel like your nose is taking focus from other parts of your face.
  • Feel like your nose is not proportionate with the rest of your face.
  • Feel like the tip of your nose is either too big, wide, narrow, or drooping.
  • Are ready to take 1-2 weeks off work to recover.

Tip Plasty – The Surgery

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Dr Kleid usually performs tipoplasty procedures under general anesthesia. Dr Kleid will discuss Anesthesia with you before your procedure. General anesthesia provides a controlled and pain-free environment, allowing Dr Kleid to perform the tipoplasty with precision and expertise.

During the procedure, Dr Kleid will utilize one of two tipoplasty techniques to access the cartilage and underlying tissue of the nasal tip.

  1. Closed Technique – This technique involves making incisions inside the nostrils, with no visible external scarring. Through these internal incisions, Dr. Kleid will manipulate the nasal tip cartilage.
  2. Open Technique – In the open technique, a small incision is made beneath the columnella, which is the fleshy area between the nostrils. This incision allows for direct visualization and precise manipulation of the nasal tip cartilage.

The choice between closed and open techniques is determined by the extent of the surgery, specific goals, and individual needs. Once the nasal tip cartilage is accessed, Dr Kleid may perform one or more of the following procedures;

  • Cartilage Removal
    • If needed, cartilage can be carefully removed to reshape the curvature of the nasal tip, reduce its size, or address bulbous or boxy tip appearance.
  • Cartilage Implantation
    • To enhance curvature, volume, or correct a pointy nose deformity, cartilage grafts sourced from either the ribs or ear can be implanted in the nasal tip.
  • Cartilage Manipulation
    • Existing nasal tip cartilage can be physically manipulated to sculpt it into a desired form.
  • Alterations to Alar Cartilage, Columnella, and/or Nasal Septum
    • Dr Kleid may make adjustments to these structures to control both the volume and shape of the nasal tip.

Through a combination of surgical techniques, Dr Kleid will alter your nose and reshape the nasal tip to achieve your desired outcome. Following the surgery, your nose may be packed with gauze to stabilize the wound.

Tip Rhinoplasty – Recovery After Surgery

Recovery after tip rhinoplasty is an important phase that allows your nose to heal and adjust to its new shape. Here are some key points to consider for tip rhinoplasty recovery:

Immediate post-operative period

After surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery area until you are ready to go home. Most patients are able to go home shortly after surgery (usually the same day) It is normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and possibly mild bruising. Before you go home Dr Kleid will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your nose during the recovery period. This may include information on medication usage, wound care, and activity restrictions. It is crucial to follow these instructions carefully to optimize your healing process.

Swelling and bruising

Swelling and bruising are common after tip rhinoplasty. They will typically peak within the first few days and gradually subside over time. Applying cold compresses as recommended by Dr Kleid can help reduce swelling and manage any discomfort.

Rest and recovery

It is important to allow yourself adequate rest and recovery time following Tip rhinoplasty. Take time off from work to allow your body to heal. Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and exercise for a few weeks as recommended by Dr Kleid.

While full recovery after tipoplasty may take several weeks, many patients can return to work within 3-5 days, depending on the nature of their job and its physical demands.

Nasal care

Dr Kleid may provide specific instructions on how to care for your nose during the recovery period. This may include gently cleaning the incision area, avoiding nose blowing, and using saline nasal sprays or rinses to keep the nasal passages moisturized.

Follow-up appointments

Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr Kleid to monitor your progress and address any concerns or questions you may have during the recovery process.

These appointments are crucial for ensuring proper healing and achieving the desired results.

Patience and realistic expectations

Keep in mind that the final results of tip rhinoplasty may not be immediately apparent. It can take several weeks or even months for the swelling to fully resolve and for your nose to settle into its new shape. Be patient and maintain realistic expectations throughout the recovery period.

If you have any specific concerns or questions about tip rhinoplasty recovery, it is important to consult with Dr Kleid, as he can provide personalized guidance based on your individual circumstances.

Additional Tipoplasty Recovery Tips

  • Protect your nose
    • It is important to be mindful of protecting your nose during the recovery period.
    • Avoid any activities that could cause trauma or injury to the nose, such as accidentally bumping or touching it.
    • Be gentle when cleaning your face and avoid blowing your nose forcefully.
  • Sleep with your head elevated
    • Keeping your head elevated while sleeping can help reduce swelling and promote proper healing.
    • You can achieve this by using extra pillows or by using a recliner chair.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
    • Following a healthy lifestyle can help your recovery.
    • Eat a nutritious diet, stay hydrated, and avoid smoking and alcohol, as they can impede the healing process.

Remember to consult with Dr Kleid regarding specific instructions and any concerns you may have about your tipoplasty recovery.

What is the cost of Tip Plasty in Melbourne?


The cost of tip plasty can vary depending on several factors, including the geographical location, the surgeon’s experience and expertise, the complexity of the procedure, the facility fees, anesthesia fees, and any additional treatments or services required. Therefore, it is difficult to provide an exact cost without evaluating your specific case.

It is best to consult with Dr Kleid or his clinic to discuss the details of your desired tip plasty procedure and receive an accurate cost estimate. They will be able to provide you with a comprehensive breakdown of the expenses involved and any payment options that may be available.

Remember that choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon is crucial for achieving safe and satisfactory results. While cost is an important consideration, it should not be the sole determining factor. It is advisable to prioritize the expertise and reputation of the surgeon and the quality of care provided, as well as considering your budgetary constraints.

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Why Choose Dr Kleid?

Dr Stephen Kleid,
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty,

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

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