Changing the Shape of the Nose: All The Options
In 2019 there are a number of options available to change the shape of the nose that range from the more traditional nose job, or rhinoplasty, to mini nose jobs which are minimally invasive, to fillers. Not all of these are right for all people and the type of nose job that anyone needs will depend on the individual, their nose, and the desired results. However, more and more men and women are opting for the less invasive and non-surgical options and these options are bringing people into the nose job market that might not have otherwise been there. At the Tennessee Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (TSLMS) we pay attention to the changing marketplace and present information at our annual meeting and conference that is coming in May in Nashville (SCALE 2019 Music City). The information here is just a briefing of what you will get there.
The Drive to Change the Nose
For many people, following the advice of poet and children’s author Jack Prelutsky, is difficult:
Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.
Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you’d be forced to smell your feet.
Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.
Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.
Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
not pasted on some other place–
be glad your nose is on your face!
They want a different nose, a more beautiful nose. And in our field we see this often. The question of what an ideal nose is changes from person to person, and to some extent by ethnicity and with the times. However, there are a few common drivers in what people are looking for. Noses that are narrower and straighter, shorter and placed symmetrically on the face tend to get higher marks for beauty in almost every country (specific cultures which have varying definitions of aesthetic aside). That said, most people, when asked, do not like their nose. They think it is too bumpy, too long, too wide, uneven, too hooked, too short. Complaints can be about the nose shape, or the shape of the nostrils, the profile or otherwise. But the numbers of people getting full nose jobs has dipped by over 40% – even though there are still an awful lot of people looking for a new nose. (Source).
Types of Noses: There Are a Lot
There are 19 types of noses that Cosmopolitan, a leading lifestyle and beauty publication, has described and 10 described by DailyMail.com. Cosmo’s take is that different nose types indicate different personality traits – a fun and whimsical way to help people identify themselves based on their facial features. However, most noses are actually genetically made and people do not necessarily have the same personalities of their siblings, parents, and cousins even when they have an uncanny resemblance to each other.
Nose types include:
- A straight-edged nose with a button at the end, so-called the Dutchess, after the Duchess of Cambridge (considered by many to be the most perfect according to DailyMail.com).
- A greek nose, which is also straight but with no button .
- Aqualine, which has a prominent bridge giving it a hooked look.
- Upturned, or ski-jump .
- Nubian, which is long and wider at the bottom.
- Hawn noses bend over in the middle.
- Piggy or pig-shaped upturns and shows a lot of nostril.
Some of these noses are more appealing on women or men, rather than universally – some are easier to achieve and some are harder to correct.
Ways to Achieve the Right Nose Look
For those hundreds of thousands of people who are not satisfied with their nose, there are definitely options to change things up.
No matter where we are, or who we think we are, the beauty standards for noses are still remarkably narrow. . . . No wonder we’re still trying to hide our noses. . . . Few cultures like or accept a [disproportionately] large nose. No one wants a crooked one. Anything too wide, too flared is easily dismissed as unattractive. . . . This is true for nearly anyone, but doubly true for women, for whom anything outsized or out of the ordinary is examined and picked apart. In fact, the best nose, for women, is one you barely notice at all. . . . [They’re] frankly, relatively nondescript [or, it might be added, non-ethnic]. (“When Will the Nose Have Its Beauty Moment?”… (Source).
As noted at the beginning of this article, these include nose jobs, mini nose jobs and non-surgical nose jobs.
- Rhinoplasty. This is the traditional surgical nose job. Defined by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as “nose reshaping by patients, [it] enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.”
- Mini-Nose Job or tip rhinoplasty. This is a less invasive procedure that resizes and refines the tip of the nose. This can help a lot of people, but not everyone.
- Fillers, or nonsurgical rhinoplasty “uses the same injectable soft tissue fillers that plastic surgeons turn to for smoothing skin and lifting sagging tissue. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a relatively new procedure, utilizing the benefits of injectable fillers for an in-office ‘nose job.’ Revolutionizing the way surgeons look at people’s noses, a nonsurgical rhinoplasty focuses on the small changes that can be achieved with dermal fillers. Dissolvable and reversible, a few tiny injections of a hyaluronic filler can equal big improvements in the appearance of one’s nose.” (Source).
Or people, mostly women in this case, can embrace what they were born with. That last option is not likely to become a universal trend, however, so it will keep those of us in the nose alteration business working for the foreseeable future.