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Your Guide To Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

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It’s elusive to pinpoint what type of nose makes a man handsome or a woman beautiful. Aesthetically pleasing noses come in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, beauty is not only about the nose but also about how well it harmonizes with the surrounding facial features.

When Noses Detract From Beauty

Sometimes a nose doesn’t harmonize with the other facial features. In this case, it has one or more nasal deformities that throw off the facial balance.

7 Nasal Deformities

So, what are these nasal deformities that interfere with facial harmony? They fall into seven basic categories:

  • wide base
  • nostrils too large
  • low bridge
  • over projection
  • under projection
  • dorsal hump
  • bulbous tip

This guide breaks down the seven main things surgery addresses during rhinoplasty for aesthetic reasons. Each person has different issues—and some have multiple problems.

10 Categories of Noses

It’s essential to understand your nose type to better communicate with your surgeon what bothers you about it and what change you would like to make. This list addresses the most common nose categories. They include:

  • Fleshy—bulbous, large, prominent.
  • The celestial—upturned, small, protruding tip
  • Roman—eagle-like, exaggerated nose bridge with a small curve.
  • Bumpy—bumpy outline, curves at the tip of the nose.
  • The snub—thin, pointy, upward angle at the tip. Softer and rounder than the celestial nose. Nostrils are visible from the front.
  • Hawk nose—dramatic arched shape and protruding bridge that looks long and small.
  • Greek nose—straight bridge.
  • Nubian—broader base and prominent nostrils with a long bridge.
  • East Asian nose—thin, flat, short tip.
  • Bulbous nose—a curved tip that extends outward with a swollen nasal tip.

Your Plastic Surgeon Can Help Analyze Your Nose

Plastic Surgeons visually divide your nose into components and study each. These are made up of the upper, middle, and lower nasal thirds.

What Your Plastic Surgeon Is Looking For

Your plastic surgeon will take each component and study the following things about it:

  • Projection
  • Rotation
  • Orientation (straight or crooked)
  • Angles
  • Contours

Discussing Goals Of A Rhinoplasty

For most people who are considering a rhinoplasty, they want one of the following outcomes:

  • a change in size
  • change in angle
  • straightening of the bridge
  • reshaping of the tip
  • narrowing of the nostrils

The Rhinoplasty Consultation

During the rhinoplasty consultation, your plastic surgeon will get to know you and your aesthetic goals. They will do a history and an examination.

Not All People Are Good Candidates For Rhinoplasty

For reasons ranging from expectations to the ability to heal, some people are not good rhinoplasty candidates. The following things contribute to whether or not you’re considered a good candidate for rhinoplasty:

  • Motivation for surgery
  • Nasal issues that make surgery a bad idea, like family problems with anesthesia wound healing and excessive bleeding
  • Unreasonably Harsh attitude towards a previous doctor
  • Inflammatory skin conditions
  • The thickness of the skin

How Your Surgeon Will Prepare You For Rhinoplasty

If your plastic surgeon decides to proceed with surgery, the next step in the process is to take pictures. These images can be manipulated in morphing software. This lets your surgeon make small on-screen changes that give you an idea of how surgery could change your nose.

It’s Only A Tool

Image morphing software is a tool for education and for planning surgery. It is not a promise—the image software picture is for discussion purposes only. The results of surgery may vary.

Deciding On Surgery

Chances are, your plastic surgeon and you will decide to go forward with surgery. If so, it’ll be because you want to correct specific deformities that deviate from the ideal nose for your particular face. These could include issues ranging from a broad base to a bulbous tip.

Schedule A Consultation

If you feel you could benefit from a rhinoplasty, schedule an appointment with Orange County Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sadati today.

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359 San Miguel Dr, Suite 200 Newport Beach CA 92660

Clients from around the globe travel to see Dr. Sadati for his surgical expertise. He and his surgical team provide the highest standard of patient care, from the initial consultation, to complete recovery and conclusion of your care. Our friendly staff is available to accommodate you in any way that we can.