CAN MY LONG NOSE BE SHORTENED?

Before we discuss shortening the nose, it’s important to understand the different parameters that make up an attractive nose. As human beings, we have a strong tendency to analyze and categorize. And plastic surgery is no different. It is not sufficient to simply say something looks good.  We as humans need to understand why it looks good so that we may reproduce it if need be.

There are multiple ways to analyze the face and the nose. One of the simplest ways is to divide it into thirds.  From the hairline to the middle of the eyebrows is the upper third–from the middle of the eyebrows to the under the nostrils is the middle third and from the area under the nostrils to the chin is the lower third. .67 times the measurement of the middle third should equal the length of the nose. This is a generalization, but for the average person without any major anatomic abnormalities of the skull or face this concept is useful. Furthermore, the average nose for a female is about 2 inches.

RHINOPLASTY

The mathematical analysis of the face is very complex with many different applicable theories.  So, to answer the question, yes long noses can be shortened. And in our practice, we achieve this as a reduction rhinoplasty through the closed technique. Recovery may take up to a year or more, especially with thick skin.

There are many other analytical aspects of rhinoplasty procedures, which we have covered in previous blogs. There is no substitute for experience when choosing your board-certified plastic surgeon for your primary revision or ethnic rhinoplasty.

THOMAS TREVISANI, MD
BOARD-CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON
MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AESTHETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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