Posted by Dr. Halaas | on January 21, 2014 »

When I smile, my nose tip droops down. I read about the depressor septi being cut but I think my doctor does not want to cut any muscle. he wants to attach a cartilige or something to the septum. Which way is better? My sister had the muscle cut and her results are good. Her nose tip no longer drooped, but that was 8 years ago and things have changed.

A nice alternative to try before surgery is a small injection of Botox. A skilled physician who understands Botox and facial anatomy can put a small amount of Botox into the muscle and this can give you the “fix” you are looking for before turning to surgery.

As a facial plastic surgeon, I can recommend rhinoplasty as the more permanent alternative. Of course, cutting the muscle is one option but muscles do heal. There are pros and cons to putting a cartilage graft to elevate the tip. It really depends on your individual nasal tip. Factors like skin type, shape of your nasal cartilages, septal deviation can all play a role. You can try the Botox and schedule your consultation with an expert.

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