Will a Nose Job Change the Shape of my Nostrils?

My concern is that by moving down my hump, the nostrils will expand outward. Is this a real chance of happening?

Doctor Answers 13

Large dorsal hump removal could affect nostril shape

In most cases of small hump removal, the nostrils do not change shape. A large hump removal will tend to give a slight flare to the nostrils after the surgery, but only when a large reduction of the hump and de-projection of the nose occurs. If this is significant enough, Weir’s alar base resections can be performed.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and nostril shape

When considering cosmetic rhinoplasty, or "nose job", it is important to determine what aspects of you nose you WANT to change. The nostril shape CAN be changed, if that is what you are looking for, but if you like your nostril shape, you should be sure to let your surgeon know, so that the surgery can be planned accordingly. If you are looking to make the nostrils smaller or significantly change their shape, then the tip and alae will need to be worked on to try to attain the results you are seeking.

The best thing to do is meet with your plastic surgeon and discuss your goals in depth, and if he or she has the ability to do computer imaging for you, that will help you to see what the anticipated shape of your nostrils will be.

Amy T. Bandy, DO, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Change of Nostril Shape

Nostril shape should not change with nasal hump removal. If you see an experienced surgeon and decide exactly what will be done, that question is easily addressed.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Shape of nostrils


With tip work, you may get alar retraction. Also, if you deproject the nasal tip, the ala can become wider. If it is something noticeable, your surgeon may perform another procedure later on where the nostrils are lowered using cartilage. Hope this helps answer your question.

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Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dorsal hump reduction

 Taking down a dorsal nasal hump during rhinoplasty should not have any effect on the width of the nostrils.  If your nostrils are large they can be treated as well.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Nostril Shape

Hi Elva,

If the hump on your nose extends down to your tip then the nostrils may flare a little. However, this can be avoided if the tip is addressed and re-supported.

If your hump is only on the bone and doesn't extend to the tip then hump removal will not affect your tip.

Hope this helps.


Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty with nasal hump reduction may require nasal tip work

When rhinoplasty is performed to improve a nasal hump, nasal tip work is often required to create or maintain nasal harmony. Tip work through an open rhinoplasty approach may change the nostril shape to different degrees depending on what maneuvers are performed.

Kevin Ende, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Your nostrils may change shape after Rhinoplasty Surgery.

Removing a large bump from your nasal bridge will not widen your nostrils.

If your tip is overprojected, and protrudes too far from your face, then correction of your tip overprojection may lead to nostril widening. In other words, if your surgeon moves the position of your tip closer to your face, then the nostrils will widen a bit. This is easily narrowed at the time of your Rhinoplasty Surgery if nostril width is important for you, or if your tip needs significant deprojection.

I hope this was helpful for you.

Best regards.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Not unless you want it to happen.

 This will not happen unless the surgeon wants it to happen. Make sure you communicate that to your surgeon. If you see an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon you will get what you want.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Reducing a large nose can affect the nostrils

Reducing a large nose can affect the nostrils. That is an excellent question that you ask. To simply reduce the hump without narrowing the nose or dropping the tip will in itself not have an effect on the position of the nostrils. However, if you drop your tip closer toward your face because your tip also projects outward, then this will indeed widen your nostrils or at a minimum change the angulation of the nostrils with respect toward your face and change from a more vertical position to a more oblique or even more horizontal position. So if you are considering reducing your tip at the same time or bringing it in closer to your face, this could affect nostril position and if it is too wide, your surgeon can narrow it at the same time if it is necessary and many times it is not necessary to do so. I hope this information helps.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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