How to tackle a drooping nose tip
A drooping nose tip is one of the most common concerns that prompts people to consider non-surgical or surgical rhinoplasty. Initially, you may not think that there is much that can be done to change the appearance of a nose by adding dermal filler to it but when placed strategically, it can straighten the nose, correct deformities, irregularities, or bumps; lift the tip of the nose or better define it. It’s particularly good for addressing bumps on the nose and downward drooping tips and is a great alternative to costly surgery with no to minimal downtime. The procedure takes just minutes to complete, with instant, often life-changing results.
What is a drooping nose tip?
As the name suggests, this is when the tip or point of your nose droops downwards. In medicine, this is referred to as ‘nasal ptosis’. It is most common when the ageing process begins as the nasal tip supports become weaker, and, when this happens the upper lip may also appear longer. Some people only develop a droopy nasal tip when smiling, which can be due to tight ligaments between the nasal base and the upper lip.
What causes a drooping nose tip?
There are several reasons why the nose tip might droop. We have already mentioned smiling, where the muscle behind your upper lip pulls the nose tip down as you smile. Most of the time, however, it’s due to the structure of the different bits of cartilage in your nose. The nose is made up of cartilages which fit and link together to form structure, over which additional soft tissues lie, creating the nose you see in the mirror.
There are many different cartilages in your nose— exactly how many varies, depending on how your nose has developed. They’re made of collagen, the most common protein in the body and one of its primary building blocks. Over time, collagen deteriorates, which leads to a number of characteristics associated with ageing, including a drooping tip. An old saying is that “the nose never stops growing”. This is because the collagen deteriorates and can’t support the nose against the forces of gravity as it used to. This causes the subdermal structures to descend resulting in stretching of the skin and an enlargement of the area.
The size, arrangement and shape of the different cartilages determine the shape of your nose, as well as any drooping. Additionally, since cartilage is comparatively delicate, blunt force trauma can often distort one or more of the cartilages and result in a different shape.
How does non-surgical Rhinoplasty work?
Working with the same hyaluronic acid fillers used for areas like the lips and cheeks, we can inject into strategic points of the nose to mask any lumps or bumps, whilst straightening it and lifting the tip – from a side profile perspective and face-on. The treatment is non-surgical, it has very little downtime involved and patients can go back to their usual daily activities straight away. It’s a fantastic alternative for those who don’t want to go under the knife, due to how costly this can be or the risks involved.
It’s also an excellent way to envisage how your nose may look before committing to surgery. Non-surgical Rhinoplasty using dermal filler is a long-lasting solution. Unlike in other areas such as the lips of cheeks, the nose is a non-mobile area, meaning that filler injected here lasts for a longer amount of time – approximately 12 months in most people.
What results can I expect?
Non-surgical rhinoplasties often have a big emotional impact, as well as a physical one. This is because the nose is the only feature on the face that sticks out – and if people have bumps or lumps here, they are noticeable and may affect confidence and self-esteem. There is a lot of research to show that there’s a significant link between having a large nose or dorsal hump deformity and depression/social anxiety.
As a result, we often find that the biggest change in patients after their treatment isn’t the physical one that we have created – it’s the improvement to their mental and emotional health. Following treatment, they feel freer to live their lives fully. Once upon a time, they may have covered their faces when they smiled, but now they are free to express their happiness.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.