When evaluating a patient for rhinoplasty, how does the surgeon determine the correct shape of the nose?
April 19th, 2013
Rhinoplasty surgeons use a variety of methods to determine the correct shape of a patient’s nose. They often start by analyzing a patient’s facial proportions and facial symmetry, and by looking at the airway to determine if it is properly positioned. Rhinoplasty specialists also rely on mathematical formulas and on medical studies; there are a number of published rhinoplasty studies that have assessed thousands of patients from various ethnic backgrounds.
In fact, ethnicity is one of the most important factors in determining the correct shape of a patient’s nose. Noses vary greatly by ethnic group. For example, a Caucasian nose usually does not look good on a non-Caucasian face. So if you look more like J.Lo, you shouldn’t be asking for Angelina’s nose. If you are considering rhinoplasty, your surgeon will consider your preferences, but make sure to listen closely to your surgeon’s advice.
Rhinoplasty is a complex, invasive surgery that requires tremendous skill and knowledge. It is extremely important that you choose a rhinoplasty specialist with extensive experience and proven success performing rhinoplasty on people of your ethnic group, and on people who look like you. Ask your prospective rhinoplasty surgeon for before and after photos, and look for patients that look like you. Do you like the results? Does it look like the surgeon chose the correct nasal shape? If not, you may need to consider another surgeon.