I'm a 24 year old female-- healthy and normal. But, I have been worried of late that my nose has gotten larger in the past few years. I was wondering if this is possible, or an issue of self image? Thank you.
Is It Possible That With Age, My Nose Is Growing Larger?
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The aging nose
Noses can change with age.
Typically noses stop growing in length by age 20, however there are many other ways a nose can change. The nasal skin can thicken and make your nose appear larger or the skin can thin making it look smaller. Many people notice that the tip of their nose droops with age.
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Nasal changes with the aging process
Your nose does not grow once you become an adult. However, other factors can make the tip fall or appear longer such as the thickness of the nasal skin or the strength of your underlying cartilages. It has also been seen that constant nose rubbing from allergies might contribute to this weakness as well. Acne outbreaks can also thicken the skin and weight down the nose. A crooked nose can also make the cartilages more lax and alter the shape some with time. That being said in general the nose does not change much until you get to be a lot older.
Is it true? Does our nose grow longer with age?
1. The tip of the nose begins to droop due to the lip muscles pulling it down with each smile. The bony framework that the nasal tip sits on begins to recede causing the tip to droop. The first can be treated with a quick Botox injection and the latter with filler injections to restore the bony support. This can also be addressed with surgical rhinoplasty. At age 24, a tiny bit of Botox will do the trick.
2. The rest of the face (cheeks , chin) become smaller with age as we lose bony support and fat with age. This makes the nose appear longer and bigger. This can be reversed with filler injections or surgery to restore natural volume to the face.
3. The nasal skin can thicken due to oil gland hypertrophy. Laser resurfacing can smooth down the skin restoring youthful skin texture to the nose.
In summary, the nose doesn't actually grow. Its an illusion.
Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD
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Is my nose getting bigger with age?
Nasal Growth at age 24
Is my nose continuing to grow?
Your Nose Stops Growing: But, size and shape can change.
Over the course of time, the nasal structures age in the same manner as other facial structures.With aging, facial and nasal soft tissue tends to sag and droop. This phenomena is often confused with continued nasal growth, but in the reality is part of normal facial aging.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of your nose, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate.This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your concerns.
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