Creating "Copy Cat" Noses? (Photo)

I do understand that it depends on your original cartilage and bone structure. But is it a good idea to bring in examples of what you would like your nose to look like, when going to see a plastic surgeon? The nose that I would like to "copy cat" is quite a bit smaller than my own (tip size and bridge height). Just how much manipulation can be done to change the shape of a nose?

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Should I bring pictures of the noses I like for my rhinoplasty consultation

Bringing pictures of other noses will help your surgeon to better understand your likes and dislikes.  However, like you mentioned yourself, every person's nasal anatomy is different, and many times it is just impossible to surgically modify one's nose to copy cat someone else's.  You should discuss with your surgeon how close he can get to what your ideal is.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Creating "Copy Cat" Noses?

Thank you for your question.

There are different kinds of rhinoplasty operations however we can divide them as the one that requires bone excision and the one that does not need bone excision. The main fact that we classify the rhinoplasty operations like that is that the results and postoperative period is associated closely with this fact. In the operations like “nasal tip correction”, “simple rhinoplasty” there is no need for a bone excision however these minor operations cannot be beneficial for everyone. The operation type is need to be determined by the surgeon according to needs of the patient. In these minor operations the rhinoplasty is performed with closed method. The bone and the cartilage tissues are not involved in the surgery directly. Small nasal bumps can be removed in these operations.

In the operation that needs the bone and cartilage tissues to be involved; open approach is used. In the procedures with open approach, the size, shape and functionality of the nose can be improved. The big nasal bumps can be removed and septal deviations can be corrected providing a better nasal airway.

Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

"Copy Cat" Noses

It's certainly reasonable to bring photos to your consultation that demonstrate your expectations. The photos should be as a basis for discussion, and not as a demand to duplicate the results. Your expectations need to be realistic and appropriate for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Bringing photos of other noses to consultation

It's certainly fine to bring photos of noses you'd like to "copy" to your surgery consultation. Like you said, we are limited to your specific features and skin thickness to some degree, but I do find it helpful to see what aesthetic my patients are going for when discussing their rhinoplasty options.

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

Rhinoplasty for African-American noses

It is quite common for African-American women to want more dorsal height, tip refinement, and alar base barrowing/reductions. It really depends upon the individual. Remember the thicker the skin the less refinement is possible.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Establishing Goals for Rhinoplasty Surgery

Many of our patients do bring pictures of noses they consider ideal or refer to celebrities   as examples of  what they consider great noses. This led to our annual survey of Hollywoods Hottest Looks which can be seen on our website. It is important to establish reasonable goals. In ethnic rhinoplasty skin thickness is a very important consideration.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Ethnic - African American Rhinoplasty

Hi, The best way to figure this out is to bring your desired look to the surgeon. The surgeon can then image your nose with computer imaging and try to get as close as possible to the nose you are looking for. This in turn should correlate to the results the surgeon has already had with other patients. Make sure your surgeon is very knowledgable with African American rhinoplasty.   Best, Dr.S.

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 273 reviews

Rhinoplasty and photo examples of noses

During a rhinoplasty consultation, it is reasonable to show your surgeon photos of the kind of nose you would like.  This will give your surgeon a better idea of what you are hoping to achieve and how realistic your expectations are.  However, always remember that no surgeon, no matter how skilled, can guarantee that your outcome will look like anyone else's nose.  Best wishes.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews


It is a good idea to take photos of the nose you would like to your consultation. A photo allows your surgeon to know what your expectations are and he will let you know if they are realistic. You may be able to have similar results but remember the rest of your features also play a big role in the end result.

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Copycat nose

I think photos are an aid to give the surgeon what you would like.  But it is impossible to guarantee a nose to look like someone else.  Everyone is different in multiple ways; even in the same family.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

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