Rhinoplasty: The Six Most Common Nose Concerns that Nose Surgery Can Help
Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) has long been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men and women. According to ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), nose reshaping was one of the TOP 5 surgical procedures requested in 2015. Requests for nose surgery show NO signs of slowing down, with Plastic Surgeons across the globe operating on more than 730,000 noses last year.
The 6 common concerns about nose shape that lead people to request a Rhinoplasty
If you’re unhappy with your nose shape and are considering having a Rhinoplasty procedure, you’re definitely not alone.
A majority of people would change something about their nose shape, size, side-on-profile and overall nasal area if they could. But each patient is unique, and each person seeks nose reshaping surgery for a variety of highly personal reasons. These are commonly heard nose concerns, but it’s important to remember that each and every person – and every Nose Surgery – is unique.
Your initial nose concern may sound very similar to someone else’s. But your nose surgery results may differ substantially from their surgery results, even if you have similar procedures by the same Rhinoplasty Surgeon. That’s why it’s crucial to have a clear understanding with your Surgeon about what nose reshaping surgery can (and cannot) achieve. It’s also highly important to have realistic expectations, patience whilst you’re healing and a very clear understanding that there is going to be a level of unpredictability whenever you’re healing from a major surgery (particularly a Rhinoplasty procedure).
Read more about the types of nose complaints that Plastic Surgeons can help correct through nose reshaping surgery and what’s required for a satisfactory Rhinoplasty nose reshaping surgery experience.
Ask yourself WHY you are considering Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery) and be sure it’s something you want for yourself, not to please someone else
Firstly, it’s important that any elective surgery you are contemplating is being considered for YOURSELF, and your own personal reasons, not to accommodate or please anyone else.
Secondly, it’s important that you understand your motivations and that you understand the procedure, the risks, the downtime and the extensive healing periods involved. If your’e still keen to have it done, be sure you choose a highly qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has a focus on performing nose reshaping surgeries. Why? The last thing you want to end up with is a nose like even less than the one you have now. Revisions for nose surgery are common (read more on our blog) but the more you can do to ensure it’s what you want, the first time, the better.
Nose Reshaping Surgery: Medical, Cosmetic or Both
Your reason for wanting a nose reshaping surgery or “nose job” might be entirely medical, such as wanting to correct a deviated septum or improve your breathing through reshaping your internal nasal structures. Other reasons might include wanting to change the nose length, tip shape, length or straightness, nose position or bridge height of the nose, primarily for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons. This may include surgical repair of any prior damage that occurred to your nose bridge or internal nasal structures though sporting mishaps or nose-damaging accidents.
Rhinoplasty – whether for aesthetic (cosmetic) reasons or for medical breathing reasons – can potentially improve your quality of life to a great extent. Firstly, it can help prevent frequent sinus infections, repair a broken or very crooked nose that impairs breathing, and can even help resolve some mild apnea or ‘snoring’ problems. Secondly, Rhinoplasty may give you more greater social confidence, especially if your feelings about your nose have held you back from feeling self-assured.
Rhinoplasty may also be sought to improve the overall facial appearance (facial feature balance and profile contours)
- Are you unhappy with your nose size or shape and how it impacts your entire facial appearance?
- If so, you may wish to alter your nose through a Rhinoplasty surgery.
- The nose is such a central feature of your face, that when you alter the nose alone through a Rhinoplasty surgery, you usually change the entire facial appearance.
You can often gain a more proportionate, better shaped nose through a Rhinoplasty surgery procedure. 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.
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty: the infamous ‘nose job’ procedure
Fixing what you consider an “Imperfect Nose.”
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your version of a perfect nose may differ from another’s viewpoint
Each and every person has their own unique idea of what they consider a “perfect nose” should look like. In fact, there are some celebrities who’s entire identity is based on having a unique nose, and others who have had early nose surgery before their careers took off – including “Dr McDreamy” Patrick Demsey from the award winning TV show Grey’s Anatomy. Each of us has a unique idea about what makes for an attractive – versus unattractive – nose shape or size in relation to the rest of the face.
- 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?
Below are some of the more common concerns that lead some patients to consider a surgical solution to getting a better looking, balanced nose. These are the most commonly heard concerns that our experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeons hear most frequently in confidential consultations about nose surgery. They include concerns about the nose shape, nose tip dimensions, bridge height, nose direction (straightness or crookedness) and the nose shape in relation to other facial features or the overall facial bone structure (facial proportions).
Below are TOP SIX Common Concerns About Noses that our Specialist Plastic Surgeons can help resolve through Rhinoplasty Surgery
If you’re considering Rhinoplasty, just send an enquiry form or phone our Patient Care Advisors on (03) 8849 1444 to learn what you can do to arrange to see a Rhinoplasty Specialist at one of our Melbourne or Sydney locations.
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 ethnicity.
Rhinoplasty surgery can correct this by reducing the width of the nasal bridge, adjusting the tip of the nose as well as adjusting or 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, and that you may or may not be comfortable with such a changed appearance – like most things, it can take time to become accustomed to a different look, even if you love the result.
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.
The nose is too big or long.
- When a person’s nose is very big or very long – or even both – it can become the focus of much unwanted attention or even bullying and other cruel forms of drawing attention to the nose size.
- A large or long nose can also detract from other attractive facial features, such as when the nose overshadows the eyes or lips, for example.
- 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 complex nose reshaping procedures.
- This nose surgery can, however, help the person gain a more balanced facial profile and a front-view that complements the entire face.
The nose is too pointy.
- 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; and the results can feel and look amazing once the swelling resolves.
- Rhinoplasty procedures to alter a pointy nose can not only reduce the size of the nose but round the nose tip off a bit, giving it a less pointy, more softer looking tip appearance – which in turn changes the entire nose appearance and the overall facial balance.
- Downtime is more minimal with Tip Rhinoplasty only – and the recovery is potentially not as long (bruising MIGHT be less but each person is different)
- Remember that nearly all nose surgery involve swelling that might take months to a year – or longer – to fully resolve. So be prepared to wait out the results of your Rhinoplasty before seeing the final result.
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 – according to our Team’s view – ONLY be performed by an experienced Plastic Surgeon with extensive Rhinoplasty experience and good communication skills.
- 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 than other less traumatic forms of Rhinoplasty, such as Tip Rhinoplasty or Bridge Augmentation
- However, the complex surgery can help give you a straighter nose profile.
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 choose is entirely up to you, but if your family prides itself on the identity of their nose shape – or they see you as wanting to be ‘different’ – some families can respond in a non-supportive way.
- 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.
- You’ll also need to be willing to be very patient (and it’s often WAY harder than you anticipate) before seeing your final Rhinoplasty cosmetic nose surgery results.
Our leading Surgeons also perform selected Revision Rhinoplasty surgeries (secondary nose surgery or revisional nose jobs) including Rhinoplasty Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Doug McManamny.