Any Fat in Nose?

Are there any fats in a nose or is it just bone and cartilage?

Doctor Answers 7

Fat in the nose

The nose does have a relatively small amount of fatty tissue. It is isolated to the nasal tip region. Some patient have more fatty tissue in their nose than others, though.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Fat in the nose

The only fat located in the nose is in the lateral ala, which is composed of fibrofatty tissue.  This is not a part of the nose that is typically operated upon.  The rhinoplasty procedure is performed to sculpt both bone and cartilage.  There is no fat located across the bridge or sidewalls of the nose.  During the procedure the skin is simply lifted off the bony cartilaginous framework, cartilage and bone are adjusted either by cartilage grafts, or reducing bone and cartilage size by shaving a hump, the skin is then placed back down.  Weight gain or loss has nothing to do with performing a rhinoplasty.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nose has little fat

The nasal skin has a thin layer of fat, but the amount is very small and is not affected by weight gain or loss.

Some patients who appear to have a "fat" nose either have very thick, oily skin or Rosacea which is a skin condition ( remember W.C. Fields?)

Michael A. Jazayeri, MD
Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon
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Is there fat in the nose?

technically, yes. but when your nose is fat, it usually means the skin is thick, a condition known as rhinophyma.laeer treats it well.

Rafael C. Cabrera, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty San Diego

Yes, there is fat in the nose, but not much.  A thin fat layer is diffusely distributed beneath skin of the lower half of the nose.  The upper half of the nose has much less.  We see this fat during rhinoplasty, and reconstruction of nasal defects created by trauma or skin cancer removal.  

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Fat in the nose?

Anatomically, the only fat in the nose is just under the skin and mainly in the region of the tip.  The skin can also be thick giving the impression of more fat.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Is there any fat in the nose

The nose does not have much, if any fat in the nose but mostly cartilage, bone, muscles and subcutaneous tissues.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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