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Bulbous nose treatment options

Bulbous nose treatment options

What causes a bulbous nose?

A bulbous nose is characterized by excess volume in the nasal tip of the nose.

The overall effect is that the lower third of the nose appears to have developed out of proportion in relation to its neighboring structures.


Depending on the thickness of the skin and the strength of the cartilage, the bulbous tip may be well defined or round and amorphous.

Nasal cartilage anatomy

Frequently the gracefully curving brow-tip aesthetic line is interrupted. The excess volume can come from excess skin and soft tissue, excess cartilage, or a combination of both.

Low nasal bridge

Your nasal bridge is the bony area at the top of your nose. If you have a low nasal bridge, that area is flat and doesn’t protrude. The degree of flatness can vary depending on the person.

Genetic diseases or infections may cause a low nasal bridge. A decrease in the height of the bridge of the nose is best seen from a side view of the face.


Rhinophyma refers to a condition causing the development of a large, bulbous nose associated with granulomatous infiltration.

It occurs mainly in men as a complication of rosacea, a common chronic skin disease, and is best treated by surgery. The excess tissue is removed with a scalpel, laser or electrosurgery. Dermabrasion can help improve the final look of the tissue.

What causes a bulbous nose?

What are the treatment options for bulbous nose?

Below you can find surgical and non-surgical options to treat a bulbous nose.

Non-surgical nose job



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