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How to determine what nose shape is the best for me

A lot of patients are dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose, but when asked what changes they would like to make to it, aren’t sure what to say. After all, it is one thing knowing that you dislike an aspect of the way that you look, but it can be very difficult to visualize your nose any differently. Thinner? Wider? Straight-tipped or slightly upturned? There are so many variations it can be very overwhelming. Unfortunately, making a decision about how the shape, size and overall appearance of your nose is necessary before you undergo rhinoplasty.

An experienced rhinoplasty surgeon can you determine your new nose shape

The process of figuring out the right shape for your nose is made infinitely easier when you opt for an experienced and highly regarded rhinoplasty surgeon. They will work with you, using their extensive knowledge and prior history of performing rhinoplasty surgery, to determine what changes will give you a nose that you can be happy with. In many instances, computer programs are used to provide images of what your nose may look like after surgery, making it easier to visualize it and how it will affect the overall appearance of your face.

The changes that can be made to your nose will be limited by nature

Realistic expectations are essential for any type of cosmetic surgery and rhinoplasty is no different. Your surgeon will be limited by what Mother Nature has given you, and although it is possible to make significant alterations, the point of rhinoplasty is to balance your nose with the rest of your facial features to enhance your natural appearance, rather than trying to change it to the point where you are unrecognizable. Your rhinoplasty surgeon’s aim is to make your rhinoplasty so subtle but effective that people around you notice an improvement in the way that you look but are unable to pinpoint what exactly has changed.

If the type of nose you are hoping for is surgically impossible, there is nothing that you can do or say that will change this. Your surgeon will be able to tell you what you can realistically expect to achieve based upon your existing skin, cartilage and bone structure, and how it will affect your overall appearance.

Common changes to noses during rhinoplasty surgery

The exact goals of nose reshaping will be unique to each patient. However, the following are very common changes routinely carried out during rhinoplasty surgery and may well be possible for you. They include:

  • Straightening a crooked nose

  • Smoothing a bump on the bridge of the nose

  • Reducing the size of an over-large nasal tip

  • Reducing the size of an over-protruding nasal tip

  • Narrowing a wide nose

  • Widening a narrow nose

  • Reducing the overall size of a nose

  • Opening up nostrils (which has the added benefit of making breathing easier)

  • Restoring symmetry to a nose that has been damaged

If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery to improve the shape, size or general appearance of your nose, the first thing to do is to speak to a reputable, experienced surgical specialist who will be able to understand what aspects of this feature you dislike the most and recommend suitable changes that will leave you feeling confident with your nose. To schedule your consultation with our experienced rhinoplasty team, please contact our offices today.