What's Most Attractive in a Male Nose?

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?

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What's Most Attractive in a Male Nose?

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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.

Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon

Male rhinoplasty

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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.

Philip S. Schoenfeld, MD, FACS
Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Male Nose

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The key to good rhinoplasty results is that the nose is proportional to the surrounding facial structures. Therefore, it follows that a male nose is usually stronger and more defined. However, all male noses are not alike, just as ladies are not the same. One of the tremendous challenges of this surgery is the fact that there is so much variation.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

What makes an attractive Male nose

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  • The one observation in your insightful question that is most relevant to a rhinoplasty surgeon, is your comment about a "shapeless" nose being unattractive. I think what you may be referring to is a nose with a thick skin envelope and minimal cartilage support
  • The thickness and texture of the skin of the nose has a huge effect on nasal appearance and therefor beauty.  Many males have thick skin over the nose, causing less definition and shape
  • For these types of noses, surgical changes can be more tough to accomplish.  Often surgeons help the shape by supporting the cartilage with grafts and suturing, rather than just making the nose smaller
  • As many other surgeons have stated, the goal is for a nose that suits the overall features and size and shape of the patient, with a well supported and defined tip, good breathing, a straight nose from the front view, and not too much protrusion from the side view. If all this is accomplished, then a nose should appear natural and harmonious. 
  • Whether the result is beautiful is a highly personal question.  We strive for improvements and hope the changes help a patient feel more normal, or stand out less.  

Michael Suzman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Male Rhinoplasty Can Produce a Natural Result

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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.

C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 149 reviews

What makes a nose attractive ?

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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.

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Attractiveness in male noses

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Thank you for this great question which many patients contemplating or undergoing this procedure are sure to ask. There are certain aesthetic ideals that are taught when training in Rhinoplasty. Variations in these aesthetic ideals are often times linked to gender. However, the truth is that no set list of aesthetic ideals can be applied to all men, and at the end of the day, it all comes down to perception. Meeting the patient's expectations, if reasonable and able to be accomplished, should be the goal of every experienced Rhinoplasty surgeon. Obviously, a patient's ethnicity, gender identification, stature among other factors should always be a consideration when deciding what kind of changes to effect. An in-person consultation with a board-certified Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic surgeon and/or General Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience in Rhinoplasty, preferably with a means to communicate the changes (such as using 3D photo imaging), is recommended. 

Male Noses - larger, less rotated

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While attractiveness is highly subjective, the male nose should be different than the female nose in several respects. The bridge of the male nose should be straight or can maintain a slight hump and still be attractive. Both males and females benefit from having a straight nose. The tip of the male nose should not be upturned as this is a feminizing feature. The male nose can be longer and further out from the face (projected) than the female nose. With regards to a "shapeless nose," an overly sculpted nasal tip can look unnatural and thus unattractive, but an amorphous tip is also unattractive. The nose must be looked at in relation to the entire face and an expert facial plastic surgeon can assist in creating facial harmony and maximize attractiveness.


Mehdi Sina, MD

Mehdi Sina, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

Male nose and Rhinoplasty

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In my experience a man's nose should have more size than a woman's nose. The projection should be a nasofacial angle of about 120 degrees in my opinion.

With each patient we review where the current markers are and where they can be taken for the most desirable result.

Gregory Roche, DO
Bloomfield Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Male Nose

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An attractive male nose is one that is straight, no slope or only a slight hint of a supra tip break and a nice, bold but not refined, nasal tip.  The male nose should be larger than a female nose - one that matches his facial features.  It is important to see a true rhinoplasty expert, a board certified plastic surgery or ENT surgeon, with expertise and experience in rhinoplasty. 

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon

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