Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, may be an option if you are unhappy with your nose shape. Cosmetic reasons are certainly a typical reason that you may be interested in rhinoplasty, but keep in mind that there are also functional reasons. Some nose structures make it difficult to breathe or cause snoring, impacting sleep patterns. While rhinoplasty may not be appropriate for all face structures, a few common nose shapes may be corrected with this procedure.
Let us take a closer look at seven different nose shapes that can be corrected with rhinoplasty. There are some similarities between the conditions and maybe some overlap. Some are simply due to genetics, while others can result from an injury sustained to the nose or even from previous rhinoplasty surgery. No matter why you may be interested in pursuing a rhinoplasty, it is important to learn more about what this procedure can correct.
1. A Hump
A hump nose, also known as a dorsal hump, is caused when the bridge of the nose becomes enlarged. This can be genetic or due to an injury that causes the bone in the nose to break or become dislodged. More than just aesthetics can be corrected because many people with this condition also suffer from breathing issues and reduced sleep due to snoring. A humped nose is the most common condition that is corrected by rhinoplasty. A popular non-surgical option for hump deformity is “Liquid Rhinoplasty”. We utilize injectable fillers that can dramatically improve the appearance of a nose in many patients.
2. A Pinched Nose
A pinched nose involves a nose that has a tip that is much narrower than the rest of the nose. This condition can be genetic but is frequently caused by a failed rhinoplasty. This can result in functional problems and can be corrected by rebuilding the lower part of the nose to put it back in proportion with the rest of the nose.
3. A Boxy Tip
When you have a nose with a broad and thick tip, it can be one of two different nose types. When the tip is a rectangular or square shape, it is considered a boxy tip. This is caused by the lower lateral cartilage separating the nose, pushing the nose skin out into this unique shape.
4. A Bulbous Tip
The bulbous tip is another nose shape often corrected by rhinoplasty. It is different from a boxy tip because the shape of the nose is rounded. Many patients with this type of nose describe it as ball-shaped or without any defining shape. This is also caused by the cartilage in the lower nose separating.
5. Plunging Tip
A plunging tip condition is unique in that it usually is not noticeable until the person with this condition smiles. When a person smiles and has a plunging tip, the tip of their nose plunges slightly but noticeably, as the name suggests. This is usually caused by a long cartilage tip or overactive base muscles that cause the nose tip to pull down.
6. Hanging Columella
The columella is the skin and cartilage located below the nasal septum, which is the cartilage that divides the nostrils. So, when these extend down or protrude beyond the nose tip, they can cause the nose to look disproportionate to other facial features, like your cheeks, lips, or chin. This is generally a genetic condition and is not caused by any injury or displacement to the nose.
7. Widened Nose
This is a genetic condition where the nose is flattened and widened across the face. A widened nose typically causes no adverse medical conditions, but it is common for those with a widened nose to use rhinoplasty for aesthetic purposes.
Why Choose Rhinoplasty
There are billions of people in the world today, and millions desire to alter their appearance or improve their nose function. Whether it is a medical necessity or simply because they don’t like the way they look, you can choose to explore what options are available with rhinoplasty.
Having a rhinoplasty procedure can be a life-changing event. Thus, making this decision requires a lot of research, understanding, and professional consultations. Meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Robert Herbstman is a critical first step to ensuring you are going down the right path.
Professional Help You Can Count On
Choosing the right plastic surgeon for your rhinoplasty is an important step in the process. This will likely take time and research. You should not rush this step as it will greatly influence the outcome. Be prepared to ask questions, learn more about the procedure, and shop around until you find the right plastic surgeon for your needs. You should feel like you are in good hands with whoever you choose to do the procedure. After all, this is an invasive procedure requiring a high level of skill to achieve optimal outcomes.