Apart from Nasal Tip Surgery Can You Shorten a Long Nose? (photo)

I know nasal tip surgery can create the illusion of a shorter nose, but is there actually any other way of shortening a nose by the means of actually cutting out bone in the bridge and dragging your nasal area up your face? if so can this help a long midface?

Doctor Answers 6

Shortening a long nose

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There are several techniques to shorten a long nose, such as suturing techniques for the nasal tip, shortening the membranous and cartilaginous columella, and rotating the tip upwards.  In addition to these techniques, removing a hump at the glabella will lower the start point for the top of the nose, which will also shorten it.  This can all be done through closed rhinoplasty techniques under general anesthesia.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty to Change Nasal Length

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There are various surgical maneuvers that will change the shape and dimensions of the nose. An evaluation by an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon will be the best way to achieve your goals.
Thank you for your question and photo! Best of Luck!
Gregory C. Park, M.D.

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Apart from nasal tip surgery can you shorten a long nose?

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Hello, I have reviewed your posted photo and your are a good candidate for a rhinoplasty. There are a few different procedure that can also improve on a long midface. Schedule a consultation with a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and you will be advised of your options once you have been examined. You should also have some photo imaging done and will be able to see what you will look like after surgery. Good luck to you.

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal tip rhinoplasty surgery

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Dear David Villa,

You can make a nose look shorter in several ways

If you do not want to touch your tip because you like the way it looks, this can be done as well

You can either shorten it from the top (remove the top part of the nasal bones), or the bottom, move the tip back or rotate it

A consultation with a rhinoplasty surgeon can help give you more information

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Shortening a Long Nose

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A long nose can be shortened by removing a piece of the septum just above the tip. I would not be done by removing bone from the bridge. Removing a hump or changing the tip can give the illusion of a shorter nose in some cases.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Shortening the Long Nose

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Yes. A Nose CAN be both lengthened and shortened. Shortening can be combined with refinement of the tip, rotation or derotation (turning down) of the nasal tip and narrowing of the nose. To find out what can be done to your nose you should see a Plastic surgeon in face to face consultation.


Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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