Facial plast Surg 2012; 28(03): 294-302
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1312700
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Nasal Tip Complications

Richard E. Davis
1  Director, The Center for Facial Restoration, Miramar, Florida
2  Clinical Professor, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, The University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
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Publication Date:
21 June 2012 (online)


As cosmetic nasal surgery becomes increasingly more popular worldwide, postoperative nasal tip deformities have also become far more prevalent. Owing to the cosmetic prominence of the nose and to the functional importance of the nasal airway, postsurgical nasal tip deformities often result in debilitating emotional and physiological consequences. However, contemporary principles of cosmetic and functional nasal surgery, when applied expertly, will typically prevent such complications and will simultaneously permit a natural, attractive, and well-functioning nose. This article explores the mechanisms leading to common iatrogenic deformities of the nasal tip and provides alternative techniques for the safe and effective modification of nasal tip contour.