Common nose shape concerns that Rhinoplasty Surgery can help
Nose size, shape and straightness often come into play when someone is investigating Rhinoplasty surgery. But there are other nose shape concerns that lead people to consider their surgical options.
If you are considering a Rhinoplasty (Nose Job), you may want to know the key nose problems that can often be remedied with this type of procedure. In this blog, we cover the most frequently heard complaints about noses that lead individuals to explore their surgical options for reshaping, resizing or re-positioning certain structures of the nose.
Reasons People Elect to Have Rhinoplasty Procedures
Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping Surgery) remains as one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for both women and men. Whilst some people opt for this procedure for purely aesthetic reasons, a Nose Job can also help to correct common medical issues.
Rhinoplasty surgery can help to aid/correct medical conditions such as:
- Damage to the nose bridge or internal nasal structures
- Sinus infections
- A broken or crooked nose that impairs breathing
- Mild sleep apnea
- A Deviated septum
Rhinoplasty is commonly sought to improve the overall facial appearance by reshaping the nose length, tip shape, straightness, nose position or height of the nose bridge. As the nose is such a central feature of your face, corrective nose surgery can often have a big impact on your facial balance and harmony.
Nose Surgery – whether for aesthetic reasons or for medical reasons – can potentially improve your quality of life to a great extent. With a more proportionate, reshaped nose, you may find your social confidence increases by leaps and bounds – and you may no longer fear the camera when someone takes a photo of your side profile.
What makes for a ‘universally attractive’ nose?
- Typically, it’s all about facial balance and feature harmony.
- Does the nose suit the face? Or does the nose detract or distract from your other facial features?
- Does the nose lead you to be distracted from the eyes or mouth or is it nicely in balance?
Before and After Rhinoplasty Surgery by Dr Stephen Kleid
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6 Common Concerns that Rhinoplasty Surgery can help to resolve
Below is a list of the most commonly expressed concerns about nose appearance that lead individuals to explore getting a Nose Job. Be sure to read all the way to the end to learn about what is important to consider before you choose elective surgery to shape or resize your nose.
1. The bridge of the nose is too wide or flat.
- The type of nose that is either on the wide side (broad) or flat across the bridge, is especially common in many Asian, African and Hispanic ethnicities.
- Asian Rhinoplasty surgery can correct this by reducing the width of the nasal bridge, adjusting the tip of the nose as well as refining the base of the nose.
- The procedure most frequently used for a flat or low bridge is called ‘Augmentation Rhinoplasty’, which may involve the use of bridge implants.
- After nose bridge augmentation surgery, most patients will notice a big improvement in the contour of the entire nose and an altered facial appearance.
- But you must be aware that the healing process can take up to a year or more before the related swelling resolved completely. Like most things, it can take time to become accustomed to a different look, even if you love the result.
2. The nose has a large bulbous tip
- Patients who complain of this nose trait tend to have a more rounded tip due to the shape of the lower lateral cartilages.
- If you have a bulbous nose tip, it can make your nose look disproportionately big, overly wide – or even both.
- Rhinoplasty can easily correct a bulbous, rounded nasal tip by reshaping the lower lateral cartilage.
- This, in turn, creates a softer triangular appearance.
3. The nose is considered too big or long
- When a person’s nose is very big or long – or both – it can become the focus of unwanted attention or bullying.
- A large or long nose can also detract from other attractive facial features.
- This may require a complex Rhinoplasty, involving a reduction in the nasal tip along with the creation of shorter, smaller nose, which can involve quite advanced nose reshaping techniques.
- This nose surgery can, however, help the person gain a more balanced facial profile and a front-view that complements the entire face.
4. The nose is too pointy for the patient’s liking.
- A pointy nose is often the result of projecting nasal septum cartilage or excess cartilage at the tip of the nose.
- A reduction of this cartilage through nose reshaping surgery is usually quite effective over the longer term once any swelling resolves.
- Rhinoplasty procedures to alter a pointy nose can not only reduce the size of the nose but round the nose tip-off, resulting in a softer looking tip appearance.
- This, in turn, changes the entire nose appearance and the overall facial balance.
- Downtime is more minimal with Tip only Rhinoplasty, and the recovery is potentially not as long.
5. The nose is crooked.
- A crooked nose can be due to an injury or to facial trauma during the birth process
- A crooked nose might also stem from hereditary factors – including a potential overgrowth of cartilages and bones that ends up pulling part of the nose ‘off to one side.’
- Asymmetry is another problem (out of balance side aspects of the nose), especially if it’s quite noticeable or extreme.
- This type of “cosmetic flaw” is often more difficult to correct.
- Rhinoplasty can effectively correct the problem; however, the procedure should only be performed by an experienced Plastic Surgeon.
- To fix a very crooked nose, the nasal bones must typically be reset through osteotomies.
- That is a fairly complex and often more invasive procedure compared to Tip Rhinoplasty or Bridge Augmentation.
6. The nose has a prominent hump or nose-bridge bump.
- Nasal humps can vary greatly in size and detract from the rest of the face by drawing attention away from the eyes.
- When consulting with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon, it’s important to communicate the amount of reduction you want in the hump.
- Some patients may prefer to eliminate the hump entirely to make the bridge of the nose completely straighter.
- Other patients may choose to keep some bridge fullness in order to maintain ethnic or family features.
- What you do with your body should only be your choice, however, and after you have received full information to make a well-informed decision.
Next steps: What to consider before going ahead with Nose Surgery
Keep your expectations realistic
- It’s important to remember that each and every person is unique.
- What seems beautiful and attractive to one person might not be the same for anyone else.
- Your friends may all have differing opinions about whether or not your nose looks better or worse. They may just need some time to adapt to the change and your new look.
- Our cultural influences have a large impact on what we think looks good in terms of facial features.
- That noted, there are certain common nose shapes that many people want to remedy with surgery.
Be sure you ask yourself the important questions
- Make sure you ask yourself why you are considering Rhinoplasty Surgery.
- Be certain you’re choosing to have surgery for yourself, not a spontaneously – and never, ever for anyone other than yourself.
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Choose a qualified, experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon
A cosmetic surgeon is not the same as a Plastic Surgeon (sometimes called a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon or a Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon). Be sure to find out if your surgeon is FRACS qualified and has proven and relevant surgical experience.
Don’t choose someone who studied a different area of medicine as they are unlikely to have the same rigorous surgical training required to become recognised as a Specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr Richard Sackelariou specialises in aesthetic and corrective surgeries. His specialities include Facelift Surgery, Remove and Replace Breast Implants, Nose Surgery and Upper Lip Lift, Chins and Eyelid Surgery.
Dr Stephen Kleid is a Member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, to which all ENT information stems. Visit entnet.org