Is It Possible That With Age, My Nose Is Growing Larger?

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.

Doctor Answers 33

Large nose

Noses do change with age.  Basically they lose support and become "longer"- the tips droop.  You are too young to be seeing these changes. I have seen 2 young women over the years with growth hormone abnormalities who presented for rhinoplasty.  As you state you are young and healthy so this wouldn't be your situation.  A consultation would be a good way to get an expert opinion and resolve your concerns.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The aging nose

Unfortunately our nose ages as we age.  Changes in the underlying bone and cartilage along with the overlying skin may create what is called a "long" nose.  Much of this is from the loss of tip support but other reasons may also exist.  This is a common reason people pursue rhinoplasty.  

Michael R. Lee, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Age effects on the nose

Hello and thanks for the question. While the nose does not "grow" after early adulthood, it definitely does change because of the loss of soft tissue and skeletal mass in the face. The nose often becomes ptotic or "droopy" with age, the skin becomes thicker and internal changes with loss of mucous glands can lead to a constant watery or "drippy" nose. A consultation with a qualified rhinoplasty specialist will help elucidate what your concerns truly are. Good luck to you!

Giancarlo Zuliani, MD
Rochester Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Changes in nose shape with time

Thanks for your question. Every part of your body ages, including the nose. Although major changes in nasal shape are uncommon after puberty, it is not uncommon to see some drooping of the nasal tip and wrinkles in the skin.

Damian Marucci, MBBS, PhD, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
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Nose grows with age.

Yes a nose will grow with age but not much at 24.  You can often reference your parents to watch a potentially similar  nose to yours to see how it ages.  

Mark E. Crispin, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Growth of nose with advancing age.

Your pretty young to notice this right now. I think the general consensus is that, unless you have an extreme metabolic disturbance, your nose structures

Talmage J. Raine, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Does The Nose Grow With Age

It is not your imagination; the cartilages of the nose do grow as you get older.  This growth is very slow but, it is there and may show itself as a more drooping tip, bigger bump, or more prominent tip cartilages.  Sometimes a minor imperfection that bothered you just a little in your early 20's becomes a much more significant deformity in your later 30' or early 40's. Aside from this normal, slow cartilage growth, even the hormonal changes seen in pregnancy can change the nasal cartilages enough that a small irregularity that you could previously live with becomes something you can no longer live with. Dr. B.  

Ramin Behmand, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Is my nose growing?

Certain parts of the body, such as muscles and bones will stop growing by adulthood , other areas in the body with cartilage do not stop.  Parts of the body can continually grow throughout your lifetime, for example the nose and the ears. Since you are young and healthy,  I would not anticipate that your nose has grown substantially larger since reaching adulthood.  A consultation with a Plastic Surgeon may be helpful.   Best of luck!

David R. Broadway, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Growing nose a growing concern

Generally, the nose stops "growing" (true growth of tissues) by age 21.  However, skin can become more lax and the tip might droop as we age, making the nose look longer.  Occasionally, as skin thins, the underlying cartilage shape may become more noticeable on the surface of the nose.  Finally, skin conditions which thicken the skin, such as rosacea, may make the tip broader and bulkier.  A consultation with a facial plastic or plastic surgeon can help you determine the root of the problem and how best to address this.

Anthony P. Sclafani, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

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