An accomplished rhinoplasty surgeon can reshape your nose just a little or entirely change its outward appearance, depending on your aesthetic goals. You may want to:
- Make it more symmetrical
- Make it larger (or smaller) overall
- Make the bridge wider or narrower, or more elevated
- Change the size of one or both of your nostrils
A nose job can change the way your nose looks straight on, but it can also change your profile if your nose has a noticeable hump or depression on the bridge. Rhinoplasty can also address just the tip of your nose, if it is enlarged, bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked. Sometimes less prominent depressions and asymmetries can be smoothed using injectable dermal fillers instead of surgery.
The goal is always overall harmony — a facial appearance that is pleasantly proportioned — because none of us has a perfectly symmetrical face. Your nose may be small compared to the rest of your body, but it is complex — composed of multiple parts that come together to create its external appearance as well as its internal functionality. Rhinoplasty is an individually tailored procedure, so your surgeon can make any of the structural alterations listed below. For many people, the procedure actually involves a combination of these options.
Straightening a nose that is visibly crooked can give your face a balanced look. Most people who have a crooked nose got it via an injury at some point in their life. A broken nose often results in a deviated septum – the cartilage that forms the internal centerline of your nose. In some cases, though, crooked nose may be genetic. It might also be a birth abnormality, or even the result of a previous rhinoplasty. Crookedness can be corrected by nose surgery, along with breathing problems you probably suffer if you have a deviated septum.
Reduce Overall Size or Width
If your nose seems too wide at the bridge or generally too large for your face, nose surgery can create a slimmer appearance. If the bridge is not elevated (which is typical in some ethnic groups) that can actually make your entire nose look wider. So can an unintended result of previous surgery.
Sometimes a nose viewed in profile appears too long because it projects too far from the face, even this may not be so noticeable from the front. We can sometimes correct this issue with just a tip refinement rather than a more extensive procedure.
Smooth The Lines
Rhinoplasty can smooth the ridge along the top of your nose, to get rid of those little humps, bumps and depressions so many of us have. Your nose will look sleeker.
If the end of your hose is bulbous, upturned, droopy, pointy, or hooked, tip refinement can correct that. While this technique addresses only the end of your nose, it can often vastly improve overall shape and balance. Some people find that tip refinement has helped to make their entire face seem slimmer.
Most nose surgery involves altering internal nasal structures, often including bone. However, tip refinement only reshapes or removes cartilage, so the surgery goes much faster than other types of rhinoplasty.
Change Nostril Size
Nostrils that are visibly different in size or shape, flared, or which appear upturned can make your nose seem overly large compared to the rest of your face. For some patients, nostrils can be modified nicely using only tip refinement techniques.
Elevate The Bridge
A number of ethnic groups have identifiable nose characteristics. For some, Asians for example, there is no elevation to the bridge of the nose (at the top between the eyes). Others have a pronounced bridge. Rhinoplasty can raise the bridge of your nose. If you’re looking for just a little change, it may be possible to achieve the result you want without surgery, using dermal fillers.