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Rhinoplasty and the Aging Nose

As we age the nose changes. The skin thickens and the tip of the nose begins to drop and elongate due to gravity. With many people this gives the appearance of a bump. However, in most cases, this is not a real bump, but rather a “relative” one. As skin starts drooping, the relative position between the tip and the top of the nose changes, giving the appearance of a bump.

What’s happening is that the tip attachments to the top of the nose weaken. This usually occurs by the time we reach 50 or 60 years of age. In addition, the bone under the tip and above the teeth loses volume, further dropping the tip. Add to that, the stretching and lengthening of the “smile muscle,” which is used thousands of times over the year, and the overall look of the nose deteriorates and appears older. Sometimes, even a previous rhinoplasty can contribute to loss of nasal support.

A relatively simple rhinoplasty surgery can remedy the aging nose. The surgery involves working on only the tip, using cartilage grafts. No nasal bones are broken and patients generally recover rapidly from the procedure in five days. This rhinoplasty surgery is nearly painless and Dr. Rizk uses 3D endoscopic technology to enhance precision and reduce the recovery time.

Sometimes, it is even recommended for older patients to undergo rhinoplasty to open breathing passages. As the tip drops and the structural support of the nose weakens, breathing can become difficult. This can be checked simply by pushing up on the nasal tip to test if breathing is improved.

Rhinoplasty in older patients can make a dramatic difference in their appearance and attitude. And if combined with other procedures such as facelift, neck lift or eyelid surgery, the results are multiplied.

Talk to Dr. Rizk to determine your next steps.