If you had to start paying attention to the noses of the people you pass on a daily basis, you would quickly notice how many different shapes and sizes there really are out there.
Many patients who are considering rhinoplasty are nervous about changing their nose because it’s such a prominent facial feature, so they only make slight adjustments. Other patients would prefer a more dramatic change because they are that unhappy with the appearance of their nose.
When it comes to deciding on a new shape or size for your nose, it’s important to work closely with a professional surgeon who can help you make the best decision. What many people don’t realize is that a reputable surgeon won’t just change your nose based on a picture you bring along to your consultation. Your nose needs to complement the rest of your facial features in order for it to look good.
With that being said, it does help to bring along some references so that your surgeon has a good idea of what you’re looking for.
Some patients do choose to contour other areas of their face at the same time as their rhinoplasty surgery in order to achieve a more symmetrical look. For example, patients with a small chin don’t want the tip of their nose to protrude over the chin, which is when a chin implant can be used to create a more balanced result. The same applies to an area such as the cheeks. Fillers and fat grafting can be used to add volume to the face and create more harmony.
Your surgeon will be able to provide you with specific guidance once your aesthetic goals have been discussed during your consultation.
How to Choose a New Nose Shape Before Rhinoplasty Surgery
According to Academy Face and Body cosmetic clinic, these are the parts of the nose you should consider when deciding on a new shape and size.
The upper nose is the boniest part of the nose, and most people only change this area if they have a bump or want to narrow a particularly wide part. If your surgeon works on this part of the nose, he will aim to make the height of the nasal bones equal to the angle of your nose.
Middle of the Nose
The middle of the nose is made up of cartilage that is slightly more pliable than the upper nose. The center of the nose is known as the septum, which divides the right and left nostrils. Patients who change the middle of the nose want the area to appear straighter from the front. From the side, the middle part of the nose should be equal to the nasal bones in terms of height. This is quite a delicate area of the nose, which is why your surgeon needs to have the necessary experience. If too much cartilage is removed, it can affect your breathing.
Tip of the Nose
The tip of the nose is made up of two C-shaped pieces of cartilage, and patients tend to adjust the size, shape, and projection of the tip of the nose to achieve a more desirable appearance. The tip doesn’t always need to be changed, and in some cases, the tip is the only area that needs to be adjusted. A droopy nose tip can give you a hooked appearance, but this only happens if too much cartilage is removed.
Skin of the Nose
The skin may not seem like an important factor, but it can determine what changes can be made during rhinoplasty surgery. Patients with particularly thick or oily nose skin aren’t always able to make significant changes to their nose, especially the tip. Patients who have very thin nose skin may find that even the smallest change is noticeable after surgery.
What many people don’t know is that the skin is not removed when reducing the size of the nose. By leaving the skin alone, patients are able to avoid scarring. However, healing from rhinoplasty surgery is still gradual and will require at least several weeks. With that being said, you will look a lot better after three to four weeks and will be able to see a noticeable difference.
This is the final area to consider before rhinoplasty surgery. Your nasal airways are what make it easy to exercise, sleep, and breathe, which is why they also need to be taken into account when choosing the new shape or size of your nose. Genetics, allergies, and sinus problems can make it more difficult to breathe normally. Traditional rhinoplasty surgery will not be able to correct this, though, a septoplasty treatment will be required. In many instances, patients choose to undergo both rhinoplasty and septoplasty at the same time, resulting in an improved appearance and easier breathing.
The Next Steps
Now that you have a better idea of the areas you would like to change, it’s time to do some research and find a surgeon who can assist you with this life-changing procedure. By having an open discussion with a reputable and experienced surgeon, you can look forward to a positive surgical experience, more confidence, and a better quality of life.
Along with reviewing your surgeon’s qualifications and training, take the time to look at reviews from past patients and any before and after galleries that might be available online. Reputable surgical clinics always provide as much information as possible on their websites and are more than happy to answer any and all questions. Surgeons who can’t answer all of your questions or don’t have any visuals of past patients to share with you should rather be avoided.
This is one type of surgery that you really want to get right the first time. Corrective surgery is always possible, but not without additional costs and extra recovery time. By approaching this procedure correctly the first time, you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and frustration.