With female rhinoplasty, it seems that a lot of looks can be attractive. I've seen girls considered attractive who either have rounded noses, sharp noses, or generally everything in between. With males though, it seems there's much more a 'make or break' thing going on. I rarely see a male with a rounded, chubby nose who'd be considered 'facially-attractive', where as I think a male with a more shaped, structured nose gives a look of attractiveness, confidence, and intelligence. Do you agree that this is usually one of the good reasons for males to have rhinoplasty, if they have a shapeless nose?
What's Most Attractive in a Male Nose?
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You have made some very good observations with regards to male and female noses. I have found that no two individuals, male or female, will necessarily look good with the same nose. The noses that you have found to be attractive in females are likely proportionate to the face and follow some basic parameters and measurements that we generally follow to help us with our judgment during rhinoplasty. The variations in rhinoplasty you have noticed in females are in large part related to some of the art that is required to create the subtle changes that make the nose look good. What you see in male noses are exactly as you have interpreted them. Male noses help convey confidence and attractiveness when they are strong, full, and well defined.
What's Most Attractive in a Male Nose?
I have a definite philosophy about male noses.
- I like a strong nose, straight dorsum or a slight hump.
- Male noses ususlly have thicker skin in the tip and generally cannot and should not look as delicate as a female nose.
- I try to increase tip definition with cartilage grafts.
- A male nose can be a bit larger than a female nose and still look good.
- The result should look as natural as possible, not have an operaated look.
- I have given you a link to a good example.
Male Rhinoplasty Can Produce a Natural Result
In order for the nose to look natural, it must be adhere to certain proportions and be in balance with the patient's overal facial features.
In general, most men prefer to have a nose that has the following features:
- Straight or slightly covex bridge line when viewed from the side. The more "scooped" the bridge is, the more it feminizes the profile
- Angle of rotation (amount that the nose is turned up) close to 90 degrees. A nose that is rotated less than 90 degrees will look droopy or elongated. A nose that is rotate more than 90-95 degrees in a male makes the nose look too upturned, short, or feminzed
- Defined tip but not narrow or pinched. The more narrow a tip is the more feminine the appearance. Also, an overly narrow or pinched tip will give the nose an "operated" look.
A good rhinoplasty surgeon will guide you as to what looks good, but at the same should not dictate what is done. In the end, the general features of the nose are something that the patient should decide what looks the best.
To get a better understanding of how your nose might look, your prospective surgeon should be able to show you computer generated images that simulate the proposed changes to your nose. Recently, 3D imaging has become available that can allow you to see how your nose might look from any angle.
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What makes a nose attractive ?
There are many factors that go into an attractive nose and you should discuss your desires with your surgeon in detail. Sometimes I have patients bring in photos of what they think they might like and we use them as a talking point.
In general, most people are looking for improved symmetry with reduction of a "bump" on the bridge and better definition of the tip and overall nose. Often there may be limitations based on your breathing and this too should be discussed with your surgeon.
A Male nose should Simply look Masculine...
In my initial consultation, I will interview the patient extensively initially making a priority list of what the patient feels may be adjusted. We use a very simple technique with a mirror and pointer during that interview. At times, I will ask patients to bring photographs of themselves that demonstrate characteristics they like/dislike to help the discussion.
After the patient has fully expressed their goals, I complete a thorough history and physical examination considering the patient history, ethnicity, height, weight, skin type, facial structure, and personality. We even consider the patient's current and most desirable professional and personal aspirations in the body of our medical note.
Next, I will utilize a skin pencil and 3 way mirror to walk through an explanation of the examination and briefly describe the rationale for the recommended surgical approaches.
These steps insure that we have done a great job with MY MOST IMPORTANT function which is listening to my patients and communicating the goals, likely outcomes, and limitations of the rhinoplasty.
Reviewing past before and after photos can also be very reassuring for the patients. They may even benefit from contacting a past patient for a personal discussion.
I hope that helps answer a very personalized question for you.
Best of Luck!
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
1. Natural- A male nose must look natural. In some cases, it is desirable to leave a few "rough" spots along the bridge to help make the nose look as natural as possible.
2. Length- In general, an overly short nose is not as desirable in a male nose as in a female nose. Too short of a nose can lead to excessive attention to nostrils and can make the face and nose look more feminine than ideal.
3. Communication- The key is for the physician and the patient to have an understanding of the goals and approach to each nose.
Male Rhinoplasty Surgery
Male rhinoplasty surgery can be extremely challenging for a variety of reasons. These reasons include differences in male aesthetic goals as well as differences in male anatomy.
As a general rule the basic tenets of rhinoplasty surgery hold true for male rhinoplasty patients. These patients are interested in harmony, balance, and proportion with surrounding facial structures. They are also extremely interested in symmetry.
In most cases, men are not interested in radical changes in their nasal appearance. They usually want to undergo refinements, which make them look better without dramatically altering their appearance.
In addition, men tend to have thicker skin than women. As a result, there are limitations on how much can be accomplished with any given surgical procedure.
No two patients are alike and because of this, every patient should be considered as an individual. Each patient has unique aesthetic goals, which dramatically impact the final result.
If you’re considering male rhinoplasty, consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will be helpful. This consultation should help determine what type of nose is best for you.
Attractive Male Nose
There are definitely different beauty standards for men and women when it comes to noses, much like other aspects of your body. The bottom line, though, is that regardless of what the “standard” is for a male nose looking attractive, the best rhinoplasty results for you are going to be customized to your face. No two noses are exactly alike, and nose surgery procedures should therefore be individualized based on your current appearance and desired result.
Rhinoplasty is about more than just making the nose straighter or removing a bump. A 'nose job' that’s done well can bring all your facial features into better harmony. People will notice the actual shape of your nose much less than they’ll notice how attractive your face looks as a whole.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.