Finding a Nose to Suit Your Face

Too big. Too small. Too wide.

These are common complaints that we hear from people wanting a “nose job,” or rhinoplasty, here in Montreal. The surgery is performed for both drastic and minor changes–to completely alter the the nose or slightly polish down irregularities such as indents and bumps. A nose job can also balance a person’s facial features solely by changing the angle of the nose as it relates to the upper lip.

Finding the Best Nose for Your Face Shape

Rhinoplasty is a versatile procedure that can remedy a variety of concerns. These include the following:

  • An asymmetrical nose
  • A nose that is too wide
  • A nose with a visible hump or bump
  • A nose that is too big for the face
  • A nose that is too small for the face
  • A “hooked” nasal tip
  • A puffy or protruding nasal tip
  • Nostrils with a significant flare

Once you decide to get a nose job, you have to decide what nose shape fits your face. Many clinics now offer digital imaging so that you can see what your new nose will look like prior to surgery, but you still need to figure out what it will look like. Effective communication with your doctor is essential during all steps of a rhinoplasty procedure. These three important factors will work together to help you determine what type of nose will suit your face–prior to surgery.

Consider Symmetry

Since the nose is a focal point on the face, it is necessary to determine your face shape and symmetry before deciding on a nose. Whether your face is oval, round, square, rectangular or heart-shaped, if it is symmetrical you will be able to divide it into equal proportions. Try this exercise to determine your facial symmetry here. Determining the aspect ratios of your face may help you, along with input from your surgeon, decide if the nose you want is compatible with the general shape of your face.

Consider Bone Structure

Bone structure, a component of symmetry, is also important to consider. Lengthening or shortening your nose will make your face look longer or shorter. The wrong shaped nose can completely change the facial characteristics of a person and compete with their natural bone structure. This may make their appearance undesirable. Just because you want an upward pointing, “ski slope” style nose does not mean it is the right shape for your face. Do not choose what is trendy. Choose the nose that is right for your distinct features.

Consider Size

The importance of size is undeniable. A lot of patients go to surgeons in search of a “small nose.” The problem is that a “small nose” means different things for different faces. Your definition of small may be much different from what your doctor considers a “small nose” for your face. Again, we are back to symmetry. Choosing a nose that is too small or too big for your facial bone structure will unbalance your facial symmetry.

Our team specializes in rhinoplasty planning and surgery. We will help you determine the proper nose to suit your face based on scientific calculations and measurements. Remember, do not choose your new nose before consulting with your doctor.

If you would like additional information or are interested in booking a rhinoplasty consultation, contact the Dr. Fouda Neel team of experts to discuss any questions you may have.

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