If you feel like your nose is too large for your face, it can be difficult to focus on anything else when you look in the mirror. Whether you’re bothered by its width, the slope of its bridge, the angle of its tip, or the size of your nostrils, rhinoplasty can be an effective solution.
Rhinoplasty is the most requested facial plastic surgery in the United States. Over 352,000 Americans chose to undergo a nose reshaping procedure — also known as a “nose job” — in 2020 alone.
As a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in complex rhinoplasty as well as secondary rhinoplasty revisions, Craig A. Foster, MD, FACS, has helped many people achieve more balanced facial aesthetics through proportional nose reshaping.
Here’s how you can resize your nose with rhinoplasty:
Rhinoplasty is a highly specialized plastic surgery that aims to refine the appearance of your nose, improve its function, or both. It’s done by making careful adjustments to the interior bone and cartilage structures that give your nose its size, shape, and breathability.
Accomplished with the aid of general anesthesia, rhinoplasty begins with one small incision along the base on your nose, which won’t leave a perceptible scar after your skin heals.
This single exterior incision is connected to a series of hidden interior incisions that allow Dr. Foster to access your bone and cartilage structures. Depending on your goals, he may:
Once the internal structures of your nose are formed to the desired size and shape, Dr. Foster gently re-drapes the nasal skin and closes the incisions.
Slight alterations in your nasal bone and cartilage — alterations that are typically measured in millimeters — can have a dramatic effect the appearance of your nose and face.
Most people who opt for cosmetic rhinoplasty are interested in achieving a nose size and/or shape that’s more proportional to their face.
Rhinoplasty can thin out and redefine a wide nasal bridge that makes your nose look flat, or smooth down a prominent nasal bridge that makes your nose seem too large for your face. It can also reduce a wide nasal base (alar base) and adjust the size of your nostrils.
Rhinoplasty can be used to reduce the length of an over-protruding nasal tip or reduce the size of a bulbous tip, too.
There’s a reason rhinoplasty is often referred to as nose reshaping surgery — the procedure sculpts the form of your nose as much as it refines its size.
This may include smoothing a bump or removing a dip along your nasal bridge, repositioning upturned nostrils, reshaping asymmetrical nostrils, or correcting an off-center, upturned, or drooping nasal tip.
Nose reshaping can also involve adding a natural cartilage graft or a small silicone implant to create a more defined nasal bridge or a rounder, more projected nasal tip.
By making specific and exacting adjustments to the size and shape of your nose, Dr. Foster can help you attain a proportional, symmetrical nose that beautifully enhances your unique facial balance.
Given that rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that leaves no room for error, it’s crucial to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in nose reshaping. As a recognized expert in complicated rhinoplasty and secondary rhinoplasty techniques, Dr. Foster is at the top of his field.
At the end of the day, the best rhinoplasty surgeons take a less-is-more approach to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results. You can rest assured knowing that you’re always in excellent hands with Dr. Foster.
If you’d like to learn more about nose reshaping, we can help. Call 212-744-5011 to book a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Foster in our office in Manhattan, New York City.