While aesthetics often seem to be simpler for men, at least in terms of haircuts and clothing options, this simplicity does come at a price. It is much more difficult to be creative, and options are limited into the confines of what is deemed attractive and aesthetically pleasing. The same goes for facial features like the nose. While both genders face certain standards of attractiveness, it seems that women have more choice, more “acceptable” options for their features. For men who are looking to change their nose, it may be a big concern to keep the nose looking “masculine” while improving the flaws in question. So are there ideal aesthetics for the male nose, and how do these apply to rhinoplasty surgery?
The Ideal Male Nose
The ideal male nose has very different requirements from the delicate, feminine nose women often seek. A “strong” nose is typically preferred, straight or with a slight nasal hump (a “scooped” bridge is often perceived as a feminine trait). The nose should not be thin, but not overly wide either, and the tip, while well-defined, should not look delicate. Though many men dislike an overly large nose, the nose can be somewhat larger than a female nose to enhance the strong appearance.
With all that said, each person’s features are different, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” nose. Rhinoplasty is a very custom procedure for a reason: no one nose is going to look good on every patient, and the facial features need to be balanced and in harmony with one another.
Trends in Male Rhinoplasty
Despite the commonly accepted ideals for the male nose, all plastic surgery goes through certain trends at some point, especially if the procedure is popular. Because rhinoplasty is a classic procedure, trends have come and gone for both men and women. Previously, smaller noses reminiscent of stars like Leonardo DiCaprio were on trend, while today the focus is on a strong, masculine nose that looks very natural, sometimes even a bit quirky.
What do “Strong Features” Convey?
For men, “strong” feature convey confidence and attractiveness, qualities that can help with first impressions, careers, dating, and self-esteem. Many men seek rhinoplasty to correct a flaw they have hated for years, while others believe having a strong, balanced, and symmetrical look will help boost their advancement in the workplace. People tend to respond well to men with strong features, and a rhinoplasty can help enhance that appearance.
Rhinoplasty and the Masculine Nose
The rhinoplasty surgery is highly customized, but there are several common techniques that may be used when working to make a nose look more masculine. Cartilage grafts are used for support, adding tip definition, and improving overall contour and structure. Large dorsal humps can be shaved or cut down, and in the case of crooked noses, an osteotomy (controlled break) of the nasal bones may be necessary. Functional breathing issues can also be addressed during the same procedure.
Consulting with an Expert Plastic Surgeon
Technology has come a long way since the dawn of plastic surgery, and today there are many tools available to help plan procedures and enhance doctor/patient communication. Digital imaging allows patients to view a preview of the results of the surgery with the understanding that the final results will not exactly match. This helps patient and doctor get on the same page about the goals for the procedure.
If you would like to move forward with rhinoplasty and create a strong, masculine nose to enhance your facial aesthetics, then you will need to find the right surgeon for you. Rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure and you should only trust your nose to a specialist, like Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with decades of experience and a passion for the rhinoplasty procedure. If you would like to discuss your goals for rhinoplasty with Dr. Bentkover, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500), or Stoneham (617-247-0033), Massachusetts, to schedule your consultation.