While most people first start noticing signs of aging in facial wrinkles, sagging jowls, and “turkey wattle” skin on the neck, the nose goes through its own changes throughout the aging process as well. Naturally, the bone structure of the nose typically remains the same throughout life, but the skin, glands, and cartilage of the nose may experience changes that can alter the functional and aesthetic appeal of the nose.
Everyone’s nose ages differently, of course, but there are some common problems that pop up regularly during the process:
The nose stays pretty much the same throughout life, but many people notice that their noses appear larger as they age. Why is this? Loss of skin elasticity, skin thickening, and gland enlargement can all play a role in making the nose seem bigger.
Just like every other area of the face, the nose can often begin to droop and sag. This is due to weakened cartilage structures and loss of collagen in the skin.
Changes in Nasal Skin
The nasal skin tends to thicken and get less flexible as aging progresses. Redness and other skin problems (such as spider veins) are also common.
How the nose ages depends on a number of factors, including:
- Genetics: hard or soft cartilage, skin thickness, nasal shape
- Environmental factors: sun damage, previous nasal trauma
- Lifestyle: habits such as smoking
Solutions: Treatment with Rhinoplasty
A drooping tip or a large nose can easily be treated with nose reshaping surgery, commonly known as a rhinoplasty. While many patients undergo the surgery when they are quite young, more and more older people are electing to have the surgery as well. It is a complex and fairly invasive procedure, but the initial recovery period takes only a few weeks, and the results of the surgery are permanent.
Special Rhinoplasty Considerations
For patients over 40, there are some special considerations to factor in when planning a rhinoplasty. First, the patient must be healthy enough to undergo surgery. There are always risks when considering surgery requiring general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. In order to achieve good results, the skin quality must be good. Additionally, rhinoplasty involves a huge emotional adjustment, particularly for older patients. The surgery can drastically alter the look of the face, and the patient must be ready for a major change to the face he or she has become so familiar with over the years.
To learn more about rhinoplasty or anti-aging treatments such as Botox, brow lift, facelift, neck lift, and more, consider a consultation with Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in the Boston area. Dr. Bentkover is passionate about rhinoplasty and has dedicated his career to mastering the complex art of nasal surgery in order to give patients the great results they deserve.
To schedule a meeting with Dr. Bentkover, visit www.drbentkover.com or call his Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), Massachusetts offices.