How Can I Change my Nose? Would Like it to Be Smaller and Without Such a High Bridge? (photo)

Hello! I have a nose with a very high bridge. I never had any procedures done on it. I want to, someday, get a rhinoplasty. I know I do not want my nose to be so big or wide. I want it to be smaller and more delicate, and to look good from every angle if possible. I don't know how much work would need to be done, or what shapes I could achieve from it. I am afraid of getting a nose that looks like a wave or S from the side because the bridge was lowered but the tip is high. What should I expect?

Doctor Answers 11

Changing the nose with rhinoplasty

It is possible to make improvements to the nose with rhinoplasty, and achieve a result that is both aesthetically pleasing and natural. The nasal hump can be reduced, as well as the width of the nose. If you eventually decide to have a rhinoplasty, I would recommend choosing a board certified and experienced rhinoplasty specialist. He or she may use computer imaging software to morph a photo of you and give you an idea of how the final result of surgery may appear. This also serves as a great communication tool, as you will be able to critique the image and give feedback. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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I agree...your bridge is too high

You would be an excellent rhinoplasty candidate. From the photos that you posted, it appears that not only is your bridge too high, but that your nasal bones are also a bit too wide.You would really benefit from having your nasal width narrowed. I would also like to see you with a bit more nasal tip projection. Take a look at the video below to get a better idea.

Kevin Brenner, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews


Based on the photos you provide, the nose could be further refined and define to give you a natural looking result.  Please consult with a board certified specialist who can assist you in achieving the results you seek.  Computer morphing will help you to see what you can look like after surgery.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

High bridge reduction rhinoplasty

  Reduction of the high bridge is performed by shaving down both bone and cartilage along the bridge line to the appropriate profile. Narrowing the tip can be performed with a combination of suturing techniques to the nasal tip cartilages or removal of cartilage  from the tip. Osteotomies will also be required to  narrow the  bony bridge. This is all performed through close rhinoplasty techniques and is an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Virtual rhinoplasty imaging software is available on our website for you to get a better idea of what  your nose may look like.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Well-performed Rhinoplasty Surgery may result in a smaller, more effeminate nasal appearance.

I reviewed your concerns and your photos:

Your nose appears wide on your front view, and you also appear to have a large profile hump. Well-performed rhinoplasty Surgery may be considered to improve these issues. When you're ready, you may consult several rhinoplasty specialists to see what might be best for you.

Hope this helps you.

Dr. Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dorsal Reduction - Bridge reduction Rhinoplasty


It looks like you have a dorsal hump. This can be shaved down with a rasp and the tip and nasal bones refined. You can get computer imaging of your nose to see what your nose would look like after the surgery. Feel free to send your pics the weblink below.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 272 reviews

Natural rhinoplasty for slightly humped nose.

The hump can be made straight and the tip refined etc. Make sure you see a very experienced surgeon who does natural rhinoplasty. 

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Dorsal Hump Correction, Nasal Width Reduction, Tip Reduction with Rhinoplasty

   Dorsal Hump Correction, Nasal Width Reduction, Tip Reduction should all be achievable with Rhinoplasty.  The shape of the profile does not have to be scooped out.  I think you could get a nice proportionate result.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties each year.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Lowering high bridge

You should be able to achieve the changes you describe using rhinoplasty. A really helpful step in the consultation process for you would be the digital morphing to simulate how taking down the bridge somewhat will change the overall appearance of your nose, especially from the profile view.

You can learn more about bridge bump removal and rhinoplasty in general at my web reference link below.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Outcome after surgery

Your goals are appropriate and it is likely that surgery could help you.  Your nasal bridge is somewhat high and lowering it will improve the appearance of your nose.  Your nose is somewhat short, meaning the distance from the tip of the nose to the root of the nose (radix) is short.  If your bridge is lowered, you may need some surgery to lengthen the nose, or else it will appear even shorter.  This is usually accomplished with a septal extension graft, a cartilage graft that can be harvested from the nasal septum or from the ear.

Best of luck with your surgery and thank you for your question.

Shim Ching, MD
Honolulu Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

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