Let Me Show You The Shape of My Nose

The etymology of the word “rhinoplasty”, which is more commonly known as a nose job, can be traced back to Greece with the Greek word “rhinos” meaning ‘nose’ and “plassein” meaning ‘to shape’. Contrary to popular belief, rhinoplasty is not a contemporary cosmetic surgical procedure but instead, can be traced back to 3000BCE, Ancient Egypt where it originated as a form of punishment for criminals committing acts of thievery or religious or political infractions. 

Nowadays, rhinoplasty has evolved to cater to two types of patients – those who need nose surgery for medical reasons such as improving the breathing function of the nose; and those who undergo nose surgery for aesthetic purposes.

In this article we are going to focus on the cosmetic aspect of rhinoplasty; in particular, we will be looking at 3 types of nose shapes that end up under the knife in order to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the patient’s face.


Asymmetrical or Protruding Nasal Tip

The end of your nose, also known as the nasal tip, can sometimes be asymmetrical, uneven or bumpy, resulting in one side of the tip looking different, twisted, bigger or smaller than the other side. Asymmetrical nasal tips can be a result of genes or injury but either way, it can cause unwanted attention, resulting in individuals opting for it to be corrected surgically. Plastic surgeons can repair this by simply operating on the cartilage under the nasal tip in order to give it a more symmetrical shape.

For individuals with a protruding nasal tip, it can make their nose look larger than it actually is because it sticks out further than the slope line of the nose. Surgeons can correct this by raising the bridge of the nose and/or reducing the protrusion via the cartilage below.

Thick or Wide Nose

For certain individuals, a thick or wide nose may be a result of the thickness of the skin around the nose or the underlying bone structure. The goal for these individuals is to have the nose thinned down and surgeons can achieve this by reshaping the nose via thinning the skin but this is limited by how thick the skin it. If the thickness or wideness of the nose is due to the underlying bone structure, surgeons are then better able to reshape and thin down the nose to the desired size.

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Small Nose

Having a nose that is too small for your face can be aesthetically displeasing for a lot of individuals so for this type of nose, surgeons may opt for one of the following two procedures:

  • Taking cartilage from the patient’s own ear, nose or rib to reshape the nose. The benefit of using the patient’s own cartilage is that there is a minimum chance of their body rejecting it but a drawback is that the cartilage may be absorbed by that area of the body, which means the patient may have to undergo more surgery to correct this.
  • Using surgical implants such as silicone to bump up the size of the nose. The advantage of this is that the artificial material won’t get absorbed by the body but the disadvantage is that because it’s technically a foreign material in the body, the body may reject it and or the implant site may contract an infection. Both issues will require correction via surgery.

In conclusion, rhinoplasty is a surgical option available to those who find their nose, a prominent feature on the face, displeasing and wish to aesthetically enhance it via surgery. Depending on the type of nose the patient has, the surgeon will approach the correction of their nose differently in order to achieve the best possible result.