Is rhinoplasty worth it for a non drastic change? (photos)

Hello! I'm 29 and I have always thought that my nose is too long/too pointy/too big. I have talked to friends/family about my nose and received both positive and negative feedback. So, I wanted a professional opinion. I have read a lot about rhinoplasty and I'm scared to change something so central on my face, hate the results, and spend the rest of my life trying to fix it. But, I really want to do it if it's going to enhance the way I look and feel. Could anyone offer me input? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 15

Subtle change in rhinoplasty...

It is completely normal to be nervous about rhinoplasty. But just start going on a few consultations with what seem like experienced rhinoplasty surgeons to see what they have to say. A well performed rhinoplasty will improve the shape of the tip in a way that will be unnoticeable to most people, so if it is something you want, then it is definitely worth it to undergo.

Edison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 205 reviews

Should i get a rhinoplasty?

I think you first need to figure out why you don't like your nose. You also need to consult a plastic surgeon who has the aesthetic sense to explain to you in detail what can be improved and what are the consequences of those changes. There are a few options in your case. You need to see what those options are and the results of each one of those options. I spend an hour doing computer simulations with patients to show them those options and let them decide which one they prefer. Without this kind of interaction no one can unilaterally decide what needs to be done.

Farhad Rafizadeh, MD
Morristown Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Is Rhinoplasty Worth It?

Let me say that I feel your nose can be aesthetically improved but that does not mean that it is worth it for you. I recommend that you consult with an experienced rhinoplasty specialist, that is a surgeon who devotes most of their practice to this work, not somebody who claims to be a specialist just because they are board certified in Plastic Surgery or Facial Plastic Surgery. Look at their results, especially in noses like yours. Subtle changes like you want and need are must more challenging that a rhinoplasty on a very large nose.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Is rhinoplasty worth it for a non--drastic change?

A closed rhinoplasty procedure can accomplish making the required changes two the nose whether drastic or minimal with all the incisions placed on the inside of the nose. Only the patient can answer the question as to whether not they wish to proceed with the procedure. Digital computer imaging performed in the office setting would be helpful to understand what can be accomplished with your nose on your facial features. If and when you decide to perform a rhinoplasty procedure, choose your surgeon very wisely based on extensive experience, since rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult procedures to perform correctly in the entire field of cosmetic surgery. For more information and many before-and-after examples of closed rhinoplasty, please see the link and the video below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Rhinoplasty , some advices:

Thank you very much for sharing your concerns with us.

The harmony between facial parts makes us instinctively recognize the beauty... without knowing it, without defining it, just a perception that surprises and captivates us.

In this regard, I suggest perform a Closed Rhinoplasty (without visible scars) to treat the tip, base and nasal bridge.
With this procedure you get a delicate nose, better harmonize with your other facial features.

Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 256 reviews

Is rhinoplasty worth it for a non drastic change?

Thanks for your question.  Having a rhinoplasty is a very personal decision that only you can make.  That said, it can be a fantastically life altering procedure. Subtle changes are certainly achievable, especially if you seek a consultation from a rhinoplasty specialist (either a board-certified facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon).  Spend some time reviewing before and after photos and reviews to determine who might be a good fit for you.  Best wishes.

A. Joshua Zimm, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Some of the happiest rhinoplasty patients have undergone subtle changes

Subtle rhinoplasty is one of the most requested things in noses right now. As I tell my fellows, anyone can take a big potato and make it into a smaller potato and make their patient happy. It takes more finesse to make a subtle change in a nose on a pretty face like yours. It's a natural response for friends and family to advise against any surgery, but after a good result they are still supportive. I also like computer imaging including Vectra 3-D to demonstrate potential results and see if you really want a subtle rhinoplasty.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 125 reviews


If you are interested, you should go for consultation with a plastic surgeon and review with him/her specifically what bothers you.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Is Subtle Rhinoplasty worth it?

Hello, and thank you for your question.

Based on your pictures, you would have a very nice change to your nose if you underwent rhinoplasty.

The dorsum of your nose (on profile) would be made straighter and the tip of your nose would be more refined, instead of bulbous. 

To answer your question, I do believe that having the procedure would very much enhance the way you look and feel.

David L. Cangello, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Your nose

This is something that is an individual choice, you need to talk to an excellent rhinoplastic surgeon who can go over what can be done. Weather or not it is worth it is your choice, no one other than you can make that decision. Many noses I do are for minor changes, and the patients are delighted post op. 

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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