Tip Rhinoplasty

Tip rhinoplasty, or nose tip surgery, refers to a type of nose surgery that is performed to alter the shape and appearance of the tip of the nose. This procedure is chosen by individuals who are unhappy with the shape or size of their nasal tip, often because their nose shape is described as droopy, bulbous, or not in balance with the rest of their facial features.

Broadly speaking, tip rhinoplasty can be performed either by closed surgery or open surgery. It’s a minor cosmetic procedure compared to a regular rhinoplasty, taking less time and bringing with it fewer possible complications. The decision to undergo a tip rhinoplasty in London will be made by Mr Kshem Yapa, in collaboration with the patient, based on various factors such as the complexity of the case, and desired results.

Ideal Candidates for Tip Rhinoplasty 

Ideal candidates for tip rhinoplasty in London are those looking to improve the appearance of their nasal tip, are generally in good health and most importantly have realistic expectations. It’s often said the best nose jobs are the ones that go unnoticed because that signals the nose is in balance with the rest of the face. Here at Yapa Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on delivering natural yet beautiful results, offering our patients a new-found confidence in their looks.


At a glance


1-3 hours, depending on complexity.

An Outpatient Surgery:
An Outpatient Surgery:

Can go home on the same day.


Sedation/twilight or general anaesthesia.


Keep head elevated for the first few days; avoid sleeping on the face.


Avoid direct application to the surgical area for at least one week.


Avoid smoking 2 weeks before surgery and during the recovery period.


Patients may choose to return to work after a few days or wait 1-2 weeks for the major swelling to subside.

Benefits of Tip Rhinoplasty

During your consultation for tip rhinoplasty in London, you will have the opportunity to discuss with Mr Kshem Yapa your specific goals and expectations. Being that nose tip surgery is a cosmetic procedure, the main benefits are derived from aesthetic improvements and potentially the profound effect it can have on self-confidence. These include but are not limited to:

  • Enhance Facial Appearance:

    Subtle changes to the nasal tip can have a significant impact on overall facial appearance, making the face seem more attractive and youthful. This is especially true for individuals with a droopy or bulbous nasal tip, as these features can often give the impression of a tired or older look. As we age, our nose structure naturally weakens causing this droop, hence why so many patients opt for tip rhinoplasty in London.

  • Can be Combined with Other Procedures:

    Tip rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that focuses on reshaping the nasal tip. It can be performed in combination with other nasal surgeries, such as dorsal hump reduction, bridge straightening or septoplasty. In the case of septoplasty, the benefits go beyond aesthetics and can help relieve breathing issues caused by anatomical abnormalities in the nasal passage. The combination of treatments can offer a much more seamless treatment experience for patients.

  • Boosted Confidence and Self-Esteem:

    A refined nasal tip can offer a significant uplift in self-perception, enhancing self-confidence and overall well-being. Patients seeking a small yet rejuvenating nose treatment that likewise improves confidence and symmetry in the face can benefit from tip rhinoplasty in London.

  • Improved Breathing:

    While primarily aesthetic, nose tip surgery can, in some cases, enhance the nasal airway, leading to more comfortable breathing. Patients who have suffered from a deviated septum may pair nose tip surgery with septoplasty as touched on. This airway relief can significantly improve the breathing quality for patients, which will ultimately support overall health and wellbeing.

  • Permanent Results:

    Once the recovery phase is complete, the results of a tip rhinoplasty are generally permanent, offering a long-lasting enhancement.

Surgical Techniques for Tip Rhinoplasty

A nasal tip rhinoplasty is considered one of the most challenging cosmetic procedures due to the intricate precision required to bring out great results. As well as precision, this procedure requires a deep understanding of nasal anatomy and an eye for aesthetic balance to achieve optimal results. Kshem Yapa specialises in facial cosmetic surgeries, including nose tip rhinoplasty, so patients can have peace of mind that they are being treated by an experienced and accredited plastic surgeon.


As touched on, there are two main approaches for tip rhinoplasty:


Open approach: This involves creating an incision on the underside of the nose, the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils (columella), to gain direct access to the nasal tip. This method allows for better visualisation of the nasal structures and allows more precise and detailed reshaping, consequently, it is the best option for complex cases. The incision may result in minimal scarring, but it is usually well-hidden and fades over time.


Closed approach: This technique involves creating incisions within the nostrils, and therefore eliminates the risk of visible scarring. The closed approach is often preferred for less complex cases as it may limit the surgeon’s ability to make precise changes to the nasal tip.


Regardless of which technique is used, Mr Kshem Yapa will carefully reshape and refine the cartilage and tissue of the nasal tip. This may involve removing or adding cartilage, as well as suturing and reshaping the remaining cartilage. The goal is to create a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing appearance to the tip of the nose. The recommended method of tip rhinoplasty for you will be discussed in detail during your consultation.

Tip Rhinoplasty Procedure Steps

Your tip rhinoplasty in London will be carried out within an outpatient setting under the same strict sterile conditions you would expect in any other operating theatre. The steps of the procedure, depending on the technique used in your case, are as follows:

  • Anaesthesia

    Anaesthesia is important to help keep you comfortable during the procedure. Rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia.

  • Incisions

    The type of incision used will depend on the surgical approach taken.

    – Closed (Endonasal) Approach. Offers two types, namely the cartilage-splitting and retrograde techniques. The former involves a transcartilaginous incision placed 5 mm cephalic to the caudal margin of the lateral crus, while the latter uses an intercartilaginous incision with retrograde dissection.


    – Open (External) Approach. This technique offers an expanded view of the nasal framework. It combines the marginal incisions with a distinctive trans-columellar incision, laying bare the entire nasal framework. Although it offers superior exposure, it may require a longer healing period due to it being a more open and invasive procedure.

  • Reshaping

    The way in which your nasal tip is reshaped will depend on how complex your case is. Excess cartilage may be trimmed and sutures may be used to reshape and define your nadal tip.

  • Closing

    Once the reshaping is complete, Mr Kshem Yapa will suture the incision shut in a way that promotes healing and reduces the risk of visible scarring following your tip surgery in London.

Tip Rhinoplasty FAQs

Tip Rhinoplasty is an extremely desirable procedure. With natural, yet transformative results, our patients can improve their nose shape without the requirement of a complete rhinoplasty. The decision to undertake any form of surgery should be made with the utmost care and consideration. During your consultation at Yapa Plastic Surgery for Tip Rhinoplasty, we aim to provide patients with as much information for clarity and transparency as to what they should expect, including possible complications. Before booking in for your consultation, take a look at the most common questions we receive regarding nose tip surgery:

Tip rhinoplasty, while less invasive than full rhinoplasty, is still a surgical procedure, and as with all surgeries, carries some risk. It’s worth noting that due to the procedure focusing solely on the nasal tip without intervention to the nasal bone, many complications associated with full rhinoplasty are reduced. However, to make an informed decision, you must keep yourself aware of potential risks and complications:


Swelling: Although the risk is lower than in full rhinoplasty, some patients might experience swelling around the nasal tip following the surgery, which gradually subsides.


Bruising: The absence of bone intervention reduces the chance, but some bruising around the nasal tip or under the eyes can still occur, usually temporarily.


Bleeding: There’s a minimal risk of postoperative bleeding. It’s essential to follow post-operative care advice to minimise this risk further.


Asymmetry: Despite best efforts, there’s a chance of slight asymmetry post-surgery, requiring potential further adjustments.


Scarring: Especially with an open approach, there might be visible scarring, though Mr Yapa aims to minimise these and strategically place incisions.


Breathing Difficulties: Rarely, alterations to the nasal tip can impact breathing, though this is less common than with full rhinoplasty.

Immediately after your nasal tip surgery in London, the nose will be covered with a splint to protect and support it during the initial healing process. You may experience some pain, swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort for the first few days, but medication can be prescribed to manage any discomfort.


Generally, it takes around one to two weeks for the bulk of the swelling and bruising to subside. By 3 months almost all the swelling will have subsided, but it is recommended to wait a year to make any final judgements on the results. You will receive detailed instructions for post-operative care, including wound care, medications, and follow-up appointments.

The cost of nose tip surgery starts from £6,500. This is an extremely intricate and delicate procedure that requires the most advanced techniques available. Yapa Plastic Surgery can offer this for patients seeking tip rhinoplasty in London, with ultimate precision for patient satisfaction. It is important to keep in mind rhinoplasty surgeries can be invasive, therefore opting for a safe and reputable surgeon, who offers transparency is the best caution to take.

Kshem Yapa is highly experienced in successfully performing a full scope of rhinoplasty procedures, therefore it is common for patients to feel unsure as to which one is right for them. From a broad perspective, tip rhinoplasty is ideal for patients who are unhappy with their bulbous nose and those suffering from dropping at the tip, with no issue with the structure of the nasal bone.


Determining whether nose tip rhinoplasty is right for you can be done during your consultation with Kshem Yapa. His breadth of experience working with hundreds of rhinoplasty patients means he can offer the most bespoke and professional advice as to which treatment is right for you.

Preparation for tip rhinoplasty in London is just as important as recovery. To best prepare for your treatment, make sure you are well rested in the week prior to surgery. Your body will need to have energy to aid recovery, and this can be done by getting enough rest, through maintaining a nutritious and balanced diet. You will also be advised to avoid smoking at least a few weeks prior to surgery and to avoid alcohol. Be sure to also avoid any medical grade creams for your skin, and also to avoid UV rays where possible, as a broken skin barrier can make recovery more difficult.

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If you would like to discuss this procedure in detail and understand if it’s the right procedure for your goals, book a consultation with Mr Kshem Yapa.


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