Will weight loss make my nose look thinner, or do I need to consider rhinoplasty? (photo)
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Benefits of rhinoplasty
It is very unlikely that losing weight will change the size of your nose. In fact, losing weight may make your nose appear larger relative to a smaller face.
The nose consists of the nasal bones, cartilage, and the overlying skin. Excessive size of the nose is usually due to disproportion in any of these factors alone or in combination. The bridge of the nose consists of the nasal bones and cartilage in the lower portion. Excessive width, or a hump on the nose can be addressed through several techniques to remove the hump and narrow the nose. The lower portion, or tip of the nose consists of cartilage and skin. There are often differences in the thickness of the skin from patient to patient, and among different ethnicities. The size of the nasal tip can be reduced, while also creating the appropriate amount of definition and contour.
In short, if you think that your nose is a little too wide for your face, rhinoplasty would be the best way to address this. I would recommend identifying your goals and discussing them with your surgeon.
Will weight loss change your nose?
Unfortunately, weight loss has little to no effect on the nose. If you are looking to add more refinement and structure to the nose you will need to consider a surgical option.
Research a highly specialized facial plastic surgeon to ensure your nose is in the right hands. He or she should be able to sit down with you and discuss the changes you’re looking to make and how they can be achieved. Don’t be afraid to ask to see photos of his or her own patients with similar facial features - a good surgeon will be happy to provide these for you.
Will weight loss make my nose smaller
Many people wonder the same thing. The nose has no fat so losing or gaining weight will not change its actual size. It will only change your face and hence the way your nose looks on your face. This may make your nose look more prominent or less obvious. You will see once you lose the weight. If you still feel your nose looks big a rhinoplasty may then be a good option.
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Keep in mind, that following the advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you exactly what to do without examining you, physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of the proposed operative procedure with you may not be in your best interest. I would suggest you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
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