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Bulbous Nose Jobs: What is a Bulbous Tip and What Causes It?

February 1, 2022
Dr. George Moynihan

If a bulbous nose tip is a constant source of frustration, know that you are not alone. The National Rosacea Society estimates that millions of Americans are afflicted with this condition, currently about 16 million individuals. It is for this reason that bulbous nose jobs are among the most popular rhinoplasty procedures in the U.S.

Before we get into the details of what bulbous nose jobs are, it’s best to gain a better understanding first about what a bulbous tip is and what primarily causes it. Here are four things to know about a bulbous nose:

What is a bulbous nose tip?

A bulbous nose tip is typically characterized by red and swollen skin on the nose that looks bumpy. This bump is what gives it the appearance of a bulbous tip. Unfortunately, this bump could keep growing if the underlying cause isn’t treated. This brings us to the primary cause of a bulbous tip…

What causes a bulbous nose tip?

The most common cause of a bulbous nose tip is a condition known as rhinophyma, which in turn develops from an inflammatory skin condition called rosacea. To be more accurate, rhinophyma is a subtype of rosacea. As for the real cause of rhinophyma, this remains unknown. All doctors and experts know so far is that it is one of the four subtypes of rosacea.

Who is at risk of rhinophyma?

In general, women are more at risk of rosacea but men are more at risk of rhinophyma. In other words, men are more susceptible to developing a bulbous nose tip from rosacea compared to women. This inflammatory skin condition develops over time, usually starting in your 20’s. This could progress well into your 60’s; by this time, you may already notice that your nose tip has grown a large, unsightly bump.

Other risk factors include being fair-skinned, a family history of rosacea and rhinophyma, age (older individuals usually in their 50’s and 60’s), and ancestry (Irish, Scottish, English, Scandinavian, and people from Eastern Europe are thought to be more at risk).

Is there a way to treat a bulbous nose tip from rhinophyma?

Yes, there is a way to correct a bulbous nose tip. This is where bulbous nose jobs come into play. This rhinoplasty procedure usually involves removing the excess tissue and correcting the shape of the nose. Often, rhinophyma causes disfigurement of the nose and if it is left untreated, it can become permanent. A rhinoplasty procedure can effectively correct these issues arising from rhinophyma.

A bulbous nose, however, could be prevented if rosacea is diagnosed early. Topical creams and medication as well as a lifestyle change might be prescribed. However, if the bulbous tip has already developed, the best option is to have it surgically corrected.

If you suspect you have rosacea or you already have a bulbous nose that you wish to treat, it is strongly advised that you seek the help of a licensed and experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. They can explain the condition and procedure better, and they can also help you prepare for the nose job.

Consult one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in Chicago

Is your bulbous nose tip a constant cause of stress and frustration? Schedule a consultation with Chicago’s premier rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. George T. Moynihan to learn more about bulbous nose jobs and how these can effectively address your concerns. Please feel free to call (312) 736-7795 to schedule your appointment. If an online consultation is more your preference, you’d be glad to know that Gold Coast Plastic Surgery now offers virtual consultations, too. Please click here for your appointment.

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