How do you go about "creating" a nose that enhances a patient's face, rather than just a nose that looks good on its own?

For instance, could you give me some examples of a facial feature that would be enhanced by a certain type of nose. Say, if someone has a softer face, with no cheekbones to speak of, would it be safe to say a lower bridge would make it less obvious? Or say. could a slight lift to the nose tip enhance the way the mouth looks and give the illusion of a lip lift or "pulling" up of the top lip? Are certain face shapes better for a straight profile, etc? Any example/experience would be helpful.

Doctor Answers 5

Rhinoplasty and facial harmony

Hello and thank you for your question. This is a great question and exactly what I think about every time I perform a rhinoplasty.  It is extremely important to consider all aspects of a patient's facial harmony when planning nasal surgery. The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

New York Plastic Surgeon
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For the last 15 years I have used a morphing program to plan my surgery.  I do this with the patient.  It is not a perfect approach but seems to work well. 

Stuart H. Bentkover, MD
Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facial enhancement to rhinoplasty

It is important to enhance the facial beauty by using the nose properly.  For example if someone is of Asian descent then a narrowed nose will not fit a wide oval-shaped face.Similarly, if somebody is Caucasian of Northern European descent and has a flat bridge of the nose it will take with the beauty of the face.


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Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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I think that everyone's rhinoplasty is going to be different.  Patient personal preference is  a key component into how the rhinoplasty will be performed and what the goals of surgery are.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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You have to spend an hour or more with a rhinoplasty surgeon to understand what can be done to enhance your appearance. It cannot be typed out in this forum.

Dennis Barek, MD
Great Neck Plastic Surgeon
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