Due to cultural and biological cues, most of us know what makes facial features look more masculine or feminine to us. However, it can be difficult to articulate what constitutes these qualities. When people seek to change the shape of their nose through rhinoplasty, it can be very helpful to be able to communicate the specific changes a patient has in mind, rather than simply requesting a more masculine or feminine nose. If you are a prospective patient, take a look at some of the qualities that are considered to contribute to different styles of nose.
While individual noses and styles vary of course, here are some of the attributes that are considered to make the nose more “masculine” or “feminine” according to current common opinions. These characteristics can usually be changed at least somewhat with plastic surgery.
- Small and petite
- Thin bridge
- High nasal tip projection
- Refined tip
- Large and/or “strong”
- Wide bridge
- Wide/large nasal tip
There are always fads and trends in plastic surgery, as there are in many other industries. Unfortunately, because of the permanence of rhinoplasty, choosing a “trendy” nose is not advisable. Many people want their new nose modeled after a specific celebrity, but this is not likely to be a successful procedure. The nose must be in harmony with the other facial features, and no one nose will look good on every person. It is better to ignore the fashions and consult with your surgeon about the best look for you. Trends come and go, but a good rhinoplasty is forever. Take the time during your consultation to discuss your options and view digital previews to help you come up with a plan for your procedure. If you are looking for a more masculine or feminine appearance, make sure to discuss exactly what that means to you and your desired results.
There are many different surgical techniques involved with rhinoplasty, depending on the needs of the patient. When the goal is removing a nasal hump, the procedure often involves breaking and resetting the nasal bones, as well a rasping (filing) down the hump. Augmentation rhinoplasty, on the other hand, typically involves complex cartilage grafting techniques to get the desired appearance. Because the techniques used vary so much, it is ideal for the surgeon to have experience working with a diverse patient base. Whatever your needs, you should make sure your surgeon has experience in using the techniques that will be required for a successful outcome.
With any plastic surgery, it is important to keep expectations about the results realistic. This is especially true for rhinoplasty, as the nose has a lot of character and occupies a very prominent position on the face. Many patients expect a perfect replication of the image they have in their head of the results, and are subsequently disappointed by the results, even if improvement was significant. If you are pursuing rhinoplasty, be sure to keep an open mind and remember that any digital previews you see will not match exactly what you have in your head. In addition, the final results will not be apparent until several months following surgery, until the swelling has subsided.
Choosing a Qualified Surgeon
Rhinoplasty is a very difficult surgery to perform correctly, for a number of reasons. It involves a number of different tissues, and it is important for the surgeon to preserve structural integrity. It is also a highly custom procedure, requiring an artistic eye and a unique approach to each surgery. Only a highly qualified and board certified facial plastic surgeon has the skill to produce consistently good results for a diverse patient base. If you are considering nasal surgery, be sure to choose a rhinoplasty specialist to perform your procedure, which will help set you up for success following surgery.
If you need an expert opinion in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA and meet with acclaimed rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover is a reputable, experienced, and board certified facial plastic surgeon, with a passion for rhinoplasty and dedication to each patient’s results. Call either location today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bentkover.