What is a tension tip?

A 'tension tip' nose features a high nasal bridge and protruding tip. 

A 'tension tip' -- also called a 'tension nose' -- is a relatively common nasal shape, which can safely be altered through plastic surgery.

Read on to learn more about what a tension tip looks like, and how it may be surgically reshaped by a rhinoplasty procedure.

What does a tension tip look like?

A tension tip is a relatively common, yet distinct, nasal shape. The key features of this nose morphology are a prominent, high bridge, combined with a protruding tip. This nasal shape can often give the impression of creating 'tension' in the upper lip.

Sometimes, a tension tip can cause discomfort or difficulty when breathing through the nasal cavities. However, usually reshaping is performed because of a desire to change the appearance of the nose. Because they have a distinct shape, tension tip noses can dominate other facial features in some individuals.

Can plastic surgery reshape a tension tip?

Rhinoplasty refers to any surgical procedure that is performed to reshape the nose. As the plastic surgeon is able to alter the bone, cartilage, and various tissues of the nose during rhinoplasty, this procedure can be extremely effective in reshaping a tension tip.

During the procedure, the surgeon may employ a combination of techniques to achieve the desired outcome. They may alter the septum, to reduce the amount of 'tension' in the upper lip; they may remove some of the bone and cartilage along the nasal bridge to reduce its prominence; or they may alter the cartilage to address the protrusion and angle of the tip of the nose.

Most patients report positive surgical outcomes, with low risk of visible scars on the nose. The most commonly-reported benefits are enhanced nose appearance when viewed from the front or from the side, and a better sense of the nose complementing other facial features post-surgery.

Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

In order to determine whether you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty, you will need to consult with an experienced surgeon and discuss your desired outcomes with them. They will be able to determine whether rhinoplasty is an appropriate treatment plan for you.

However, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty to reshape a tension tip if you are generally healthy with no serious underlying medical conditions, and if you are old enough for the surgeon to be sure that your nose and face have stopped growing. Importantly, in order to be considered for rhinoplasty, you need to be a non-smoker - or, at the very least, you need to stop smoking for four weeks priot to the date of your surgery.

How can we help?

Dr Pouria Moradi has a reputation for delivering transformative results for his patients. Dr Moradi understands that the key to an excellent rhinoplasty surgery is to achieve a natural and sustainable look. He uses advanced 3D computer-generated imaging to simulate the predicted post-operative results, producing a far more reliable guide to what to expect from surgery than simply reviewing other patients' before and after photographs. For more information about rhinoplasty, including surgery to reshape a tension tip, please read more here.

Dr Pouria Moradi understands that rhinoplasty surgery is a highly individualised operation and should always be customised to you, the patient. Predicting which approach and rhinoplasty technique would be best is very complicated and it is best done during a face-to-face meeting. To arrange an appointment to meet Dr. Moradi and his expert surgical team, or to schedule a telemedicine consultation request, please get in touch here.

Dr Moradi's skilful work is fuelled by a passion for clinical leadership, education and excellence. His practice is founded on the utmost technique, precision and attention to detail, as well as taking a holistic view of the patient to treat every case on an individual basis. To discover more about how he can help you achieve your body goals, please consult his website.