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My Side Profile is Fine but my Nasal Bone is Too Wide

my side profile is fine but my nasal bone is too wide so can you break and narrow the nasal bone without removing the dorsal hump or effecting the natural profile of my nose, and if so how is it done?

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Narrowing the Nose

Rhinoplasty is one procedure that requires an examination in order to gain a realistic idea of what the procedure will or will not entail. The short answer is that the nasal bones can be narrowed without reducing a dorsal hump given that the individual patient's anatomy is favorable.


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Wide Nasal Bones

Hello.  Hi there. Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery) to address a wide nose is a common request. To answer your question, osteotomies are required to reposition a wide nose closer to the midline.

If you like, please follow the link below. The article on Nasal Analysis contains many diagrams that you may find helpful. This may help guide your conversation with your surgeon.

Hope this is helpful. Best wishes.

Anand G. Shah, MD
San Antonio Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty to narrow nose without changing the profile

It is certainly an acceptable to undergo osteotomies to narrow the nasal bridge. This will not change the profile, only narrow the frontal view. Both medial and lateral osteotomies often need to be performed and a cast is placed across the bridge of the nose. Be prepared for approximately two weeks of bruising and swelling after the procedure. This can be done through a closed rhinoplasty.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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My Side Profile is Fine but my Nasal Bone is Too Wide

Yes the width of the nose can be narrowed without affecting the profile, but your surgeon has to decide what needs to be done with you.  I'm wary when patients make aesthetic and surgical decisions by themselves. 

Ramtin Kassir, MD NY, NJ Facial Plastic Surgeon

Ramtin Kassir, MD
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Reducing Wide Nasal Bone with Rhinoplasty without changing profile

Yes, the width of the nasal bones may be narrowed without really altering the profile. Rhinoplasty is not one operation, but many potential operations. Each patient has unique anatomy and personal goals. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can a rhinoplasty surgeon help determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nose Surgery

Yes...but first see a Board Certified Plastic Surgery or ENT that specializes in Rhinoplasty. Nasal bones can be narrowed by infracturing them. An experienced nose surgeon will also inquire about your breathing and overall nasal function, because a good looking nose that does not WORK is a real problem!

Good luck and talk to as many surgeons as you feel comfortable with....

Dr. C

John Philip Connors III, MD, FACS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Narrowing Nose Without Changing Profile

Of course you can narrow your nasal bones without changing your profile. The difficult part of the procedure is selecting an experienced surgeon.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Narrowing Nasal Bones Only During Rhinoplasty While Remainder of Nose is Left Alone

Hi 6867,

Yes, your nasal bones can be narrowed without affecting the rest of your nose.  You should discuss your desired rhinoplasty goals with your prospective surgeon during your consultation and be absolutely positive that your surgeon understands what you want.  Likewise, your surgeon who is ultimately sculpting your nose needs to be honest with you that just narrowing the bones will result in a nose that is aesthethically pleasing.  Choose your rhinoplasty surgeon most carefully.  Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Narrowing a wide nose

Yes, it is possible to narrow a nose without effecting the "roof" or dorsum and creating further elevation of that area. The procedure is done slightly differently and I would make sure you see a rhinoplasty expert to achieve that type of correction.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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My Side Profile is Fine but my Nasal Bone is Too Wide

Yes what you specifically request is possible. But you did not post any photos so very hard to discuss in detail of any form. Best to see in person 3 boarded surgeons in your area. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski, 305 598 0091

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