Patients considering cosmetic nose surgery, called rhinoplasty, at my Columbia practice often want to change the look of their noses but aren’t sure exactly how. Some of the concerns that cause a nose to look out of harmony with the face have to do with overall profile. As many of us know, a photo taken of us from the side can reveal things we might not have otherwise noticed about ourselves.
Here are a few ways a person’s profile can be improved with cosmetic nose surgery:
1. The procedure can remove a hump in the bridge of the nose. A “hump” on the nasal bridge may be practically invisible in a head-on view of a person but become very obvious when the head is turned. Smoothing away a hump involves some narrowing of the nose to avoid a “flat top” appearance. When performed by a plastic surgeon with extensive rhinoplasty experience, the results are aesthetically very pleasing, as seen in these before-and-after photos of one of my patients.
2. The procedure can improve the angle between the nose and the upper lip. When looking at someone’s face from the side, the angle formed by the columella (the strip of skin separating the nostrils) and the upper lip is an important factor in the attractiveness of his or her profile. The ideal angle for men is between 90 and 95 degrees. For women, it is between 100 and 105 degrees. Over-rotated or under-rotated nasal tips can detract from a person’s profile. I can remove or add skin, cartilage, and other tissue to improve this angle.
3. The procedure can be combined with a chin implant to enhance the results. The profiles of patients who come in for rhinoplasty can often benefit from augmenting a receding chin. Individuals with “weak” chins will see a much more dramatic improvement in their profile views following rhinoplasty if it is combined with chin augmentation surgery.
Whatever the reason someone might be considering rhinoplasty, finding a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in nose surgery is the first step to getting successful results.