What Causes a Nose to Become Bulbous?

If you’re unhappy with your nose because it has a round, wide, or prominent tip, you might be a good candidate for a nose job. Your dissatisfaction with your nose can eventually lower your appreciation of your overall appearance or lead to anxiety and poor self-confidence. Not everyone you see is happy with their nose. Millions of people every year have nose jobs to correct or change their bulbous nose to improve their confidence and happiness with their looks. You could be one of them. Read this to learn how.


What Are the Common Causes of a Bulbous Nose?

Bulbous nasal tips are quite common and are caused by various factors: such as a prominent dome, hypertrophic lower lateral cartilages, excess or abnormal nasal tissue, and cartilage. In most cases, rhinoplasty is the ideal solution.

Rosacea: Bulbous noses are often seen in people with untreated or uncontrolled rosacea. Without treatment, the nose becomes red, inflamed, and swells, making the tip larger and rounder. Rosacea doesn’t just change the appearance of the nose; it also affects the skin on the hands, feet, and the blood vessels in the body.

Rhinophyma: This condition is similar to rosacea and causes the nose to swell and appear more prominent, especially after too much sunlight exposure. Rhinophyma is the most severe class of bulbous nose, a progressive benign skin tumor. Among other things, the tumor affects the sweat ducts of the nose, most often occurring in men and older adults. Rhinophyma is more challenging to treat than common rosacea and may require systemic medications and topical treatments to reduce the inflammation.

It’s essential to consider treatment and rhinoplasty if you have rosacea or rhinophyma to avoid undesirable changes to your nose, facial features, and overall appearance. Medication and lifestyle changes are beneficial for symptom management. Still, only a nose job can protect your nose from becoming so large and bulbous that it either impairs your breathing ability or causes your nose to collapse from cartilage damage. In rare cases, these conditions can cause open wounds in the skin of the nose that can be difficult to manage or hide with makeup and bandages.

Excess lateral cartilage: This affects the lower portion of the nose. Dr. Hershcovitch removes some of the cartilage from around the nostrils and tip to reduce the roundness and size of the nasal tip. This enables him to make the necessary changes to the overall structure of the nose, so it better complements the face.

Curved, oddly shaped lateral cartilage: Too much or abnormally shaped cartilage around nostrils and nose tip that may also involve a thin nasal bridge causes the end to look fatter and rounder. Dr. H. uses different rhinoplasty techniques to reduce the tip’s size and make changes to the shape and structure of the nose.

Excess nasal cartilage and tissue: The amount and position of nasal tissue and cartilage are among the various reasons why you may have a bulbous nose. Often, this is due to genetics, age, and ethnicity.

Bulbous Nose Rhinoplasty

bulbous noseSome patients may require medical care depending on the cause of their bulbous nose before they can undergo the procedure. Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that not only reshapes the nose tip. It also repairs damaged or weak nose cartilage in severe cases to restore the function and appearance of the nose.

Bulbous rhinoplasty is a safe and effective procedure. Dr. H. makes an incision in the nose to remove cartilage and tissues and reduce the size of the nose or its tip. Depending on the patient’s nasal anatomical structures and treatment plan, Dr. H. may use standard or more advanced practices to skillfully and artistically reshape the nose. Some patients may decide to have additional cosmetic procedures besides rhinoplasty to address other areas of their face.

Although most rhinoplasty patients are young and middle-aged adults, the procedure is safe for older adults, who are more likely to notice that their noses are rounder and more prominent and bulbous than they like. Contemporary rhinoplasty techniques refine the bulbous tip of the nose without compromising nasal structure.

A bulbous rhinoplasty involves refining and reconfiguring small cartilage edges and suturing techniques for a more refined and thinner tip. For patients with thick skin or of certain ethnicities, an ethnic rhinoplasty may be a better option to ensure proper thinning of the nasal tip skin.

Regardless of your reasons for considering rhinoplasty, it’s best to choose a credible, trustworthy rhinoplasty surgeon. After all, you want organic, natural, and desirable results that enhance your appearance and boost your confidence. Being selective about your rhinoplasty surgeon also reduces the need for additional nose surgeries in the future due to poor results or complications.

You should consider having your nose worked on by Dr. Matt. Hershcovitch, a double-board certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial and nasal reconstruction in Burbank, California, to ensure your desired outcome.

To learn more about rhinoplasty or to discuss how Dr. Hershcovitch, MD, can get rid of your bulbous nose, call (818) 206-2539.