To What Extent Can Nose Be Reduced by Rhinoplasty?

Hi. I have rather big nose (and it become much more bigger when I smile or grimace). So, To what extent can nose be reduced by rhinoplasty?. Can I have nose like, for example, Eminem? And the other question is - Will my nose get bigger(when I smile or grimace) after nose job? Or may be there are another procedures to get rid of this or to make it less.

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Extent size of nose can be reduced by rhinoplasty

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There are limitations to the rhinoplasty procedure.  The rhinoplasty procedure involves shaving down the bone, the upper lateral cartilages, and the lower lateral cartilages of the nose.  The skin envelope will then re-drape and adjust over the new bone cartilaginous framework, similar to shrink-wrap.  Even though the nose is smaller after a rhinoplasty, it still has connections to muscles of the face and will widen to some degree upon animation after the surgery, but not as significant as before the surgery.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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To What Extent Can the Nose be Reduced

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Without pictures, all I can say is that a nose can be reduced with a rhinoplasty. The characteristics of your nose, such as the thickness of your skin, will determine what can be done. It will be helpful for you to consult with a rhinoplasty specialist who will describe the procedure and explain reasonable expectations.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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To What Extent Can Nose Be Reduced by Rhinoplasty?

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  Of course there are reasonable and logical limitations in reducing the size, of the nose, with Rhinoplasty.  Reducing nasal height can produce the greatest change followed by width reduction and finally shaping the nasal tip.  Photos would help in the evaluation and yes, your nose will spread and widen even after a just will start out smaller to begin with.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Reducing the size of the nose with a rhinoplasty

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A nose can be reduced in size through a "rhinoplasty". However, there are certain constraints that may not be able to be fully addressed thus limiting the reduction and refinement. For more specific information regarding your situation, you should schedule a consultation with one or more board certified plastic surgeons. 

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Reducing the nose through rhinoplasty

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A great deal can be accomplished with rhinoplasty, including significant reduction size.  Having said that it is important to respect ethnicity, aesthetics, and facial proportions when planning a large nasal reduction.

Consult a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Rhinoplasty reduction

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A nose can be made much smaller --- but what you want is something that fits your face. Also, no matter what is done, when you smile, your nose will get wider. Unless you paralyze the muscles of expression, you will change the way the base of your nose looks.

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Rhinoplasty can achieve certain things but not others.  You are somewhat limited by your anatomy. For instance if you have thick skin it will stay thick. A long nose and dorsal hump can certainly be modified.  It all depends upon what you start with as well.  An exam is key.

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Generally, a large nose can be made alot smaller.  There are some constraint related to thick skin, but by accurately reducing the boney and cartilagenous framework of the nose, a satisfactory result can be achieved.  The changes with smiling is typically seen with nasal tip drooping or poor cartilagenous support.  These can be well-addressed with rhinoplastic surgery.  Make sure you go to a board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon with expertise in rhinoplasty.

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What to expect with rhinoplasty surgery

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     The answer to your question is both yes and no.  A large nose can be made smaller in proportion.  It is technically easier to reduce a large nasal bridge then a large nasal tip.  The skin over the tip of the nose is a little more thick and does not always shrink as much as hoped after surgery.  The nostrils can be reduced in size, but they will always flare with animation.  The nostrils are attached to the cheeks and move with the cheeks when smiling.  That being said, small nostrils appear to move less then large nostrils. 

   The answer to your question of whether or not you can have Eminem’s nose, is no.  Celebrity images and illustrations can be used to guide the surgery.  The thickness, color and texture of skin is unique to the individual.  Skin and other variables encountered during rhinoplasty make it impossible to replicate a particular nose. 

    During your consultation a surgeon can use computer enhancement software to illustrate realistic expectations for surgical results.       

    Hope this helps.

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Nose Reduction with Rhinoplasty

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A Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) is not one operation but rather many different sub-procedures which are put together based on your individual anatomy and wishes. A overly long nose CAN be shortened. A droopy tip can be lifted. A wide nose can be narrowed. The only way to learn what can be done is for you top see a Board-Certified Plastic surgeon and find out.

Good Luck.

Peter A Aldea, MD

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