Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 247–251 | Cite as

Geometric sculpturing of the thick nasal tip

  • Steven M. Hoefflin


Historically, one of the most persistent challenges to the rhinoplastic surgeon has been the thick, heavy, and poorly defined nasal tip. This type of tip is frequently seen in a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, particularly in Blacks, Hispanics, and Orientals. Attempting improvement through conventional techniques has often resulted in dissatisfied patients and surgeons. Improved definition can be achieved by creating the illusion of a thinner nose rather than actually decreasing the overall size. This article discusses how this is accomplished by a combination of advanced reduction and augmentation techniques including geometric tip defatting, alar cartilage and base reduction, and the use of an ultrasupportive, peapod-shaped tip graft.

Key words

Thick nasal tip Sculpturing 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven M. Hoefflin
    • 1
  1. 1.Los AngelesUSA

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