Male Rhinoplasty vs Female Rhinoplasty

I am a male considering rhinoplasty surgery, and I was wondering how a rhinoplasty is different for men compared to women.

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Differences in male and female rhinoplasty

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In general, the surgical techniques of rhinoplasty are the same for male and female patients but the aesthetic goals are a little different. Male noses tend to have a more prominent, straighter bridge and greater width to the middle of the nose. The tip in men should be less rotated; classically, the angle between the nose and the upper lip is described as being between 90 and 95 degrees. Some women, in particular those of shorter stature, can tolerate another 5-10 degrees of tip rotation and a small supratip break, the subtle indentation along the bridge just above the tip. Also, men usually have thicker skin, which affects the overall refinement of the nose. With either men or women, there is no perfect nose for everyone. Rather the nose should be "customized", based on the patient's individual aesthetic sense and other facial features. 

Rhinoplasty is Different in Men

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Obviously the aesthetics are different for the male nose, including less tip elevation, less delicate features, and different proportions.

Male skin tends to be thicker and drapes differently from that of women.  The angles will tend to be less sharp or delicate.

Rhinoplasty in men

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The basic techniques for a rhinoplasty are the same, except aesthetic differences in dorsal hump positioning, nasal width, and columellar angle.  The aesthetic proportions of a female and male nose differ and should be considered before rhinoplasty surgery. 

Rhinoplasty is different for men and women in almost...

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Rhinoplasty is different for men and women in almost every respect starting out with facial aesthetics. While there is a lot of individual variation, facial aesthetics differ substantially between the sexes. In general, compared to women, the following features are considered more masculinizing and, therefore, more desirable for most men:

  1. A more acute nasofrontal angle (the angle between the forehead and the nose seen from the profile
  2. A more acute nasolabial angle (the angle between the nose and the upper lip seen from profile - usually about 90-100 degrees)
  3. A straighter profile
  4. A stronger, higher bridge (even a slight bump)
  5. A more sharply defined, angular tip
  6. A longer nose
  7. More tip projection (the degree to which the tip juts out from the face)

In addition to the above, there are other factors we have to consider when contemplating rhinoplasty in men versus women.

Men tend to have stronger, heavier cartilages and bone along with thicker skin in many cases. This will influence what needs to be done to create the desired changes and also the expected timeline of healing.

We will vary our discussions with men depending on whether they have very strong, angular features or softer, rounder features. After all, the nose must fit the face. In general, though, men can tolerate a slightly high bridge and overprojected tip.

By contrast, a male nose that is slightly scooped, too short, or too rounded does not go over well at all.

So, we will always err on the side of maintaining a strong, masculine nose for male patients. There are some women who prefer and would benefit from some of these features, albeit to a lesser degree. Very tall women with longer faces, for example, usually look better with a straighter profile while very slight-featured, petite women can better tolerate a petite, softer, ‘cutesy’ nose.

This blog only begins to scratch the surface of the differences between the sexes when it comes to Rhinoplasty. And these only serve as the basis for our assessment in creating a highly individualized surgical plan for you.

Jason Litner, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Male v. female rhinoplasty

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The facial bony structure is thicker in males than in females. The nasal bone has memory so, if the nose isn't straight to begin with, it is more likely to have curve postoperatively in a male patient. The skin may be thicker and drape differently over the bones as well. In terms of surgical planning, all this depends on the pre-operative appearance of the nose, the physiognomy of the face, the internal structure of the nose to be addressed and the desired outcome. Nasal surgery is very much a collaborative process requiring the patient to clarify his or her objectives and the surgeon to explain how and why to achieve the result.

Rhinoplasty with a Masculine look Vs. Feminine Look.

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The basic procedure is similar, but there should be subtle variations in a male rhinoplasty to make it look
masculine and blend with the other facial features and not appear feminized. The bridge of the nose should
be a little higher and the angle between the nose and the lip not as high as in the female.

Men and women do they get the same nose job?

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Male rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures I perform for men of all ages, but especially teens and college graduates. My main concern is keeping the masculine features such as strong profile and good tip projection for male patients. The increased thickness of male skin and bone compare to women calls for a different technique. You must find a surgeon who is familiar with various techniques in rhinoplasty. I believe that the goal of rhinoplasty should be a nose that looks and feels natural, and is in harmony with the rest of the face without having an "operated-on" look. Good luck

Rhinoplasty men and women differences

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Although there are similar principles in performing different maneuvers, ideals of tip projection and profile height are clearly different to just name a few.  The goal is not to feminize the male nose.

Differences between male and female rhinoplasty

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In general, there are some Aesthetic "canons" or rules by which we judge a male versus  a female nose. Typically, a male has a more prominent bridge and the tip forms a right angle with the upper lip whereas a female may have a softer bridge with a slightly upturned nose (obtuse angle with the upper lip). However, these are not written in stone and rhinoplasty is generally accomplished to achieve the desired patient result.

Male vs. Female Rhinoplasty

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Aside from differences in proportion, skin thickness, and individual goals, the techniques used in performing rhinoplasty procedures for males and females are largely the same.  With the male rhinoplasty patient, however, care must be taken to not feminize the nose by narrowing or reducing the dorsum of the nose too much, excessively reducing the tip, or increasing the angle of the tip too much. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.