Possible to Make Nose Shorter Without Altering my Face?

My nose doesn't fit the law of vertical thirds--it's about half a centimeter too long. It's a typical asian nose...bridge isn't very defined, and I have a round tip with open nostrils. It's skinny so it looks even longer... Are there surgery options that could make my nose a little shorter without drastically altering my face? Sort of just like moving my nose upwards.. Would dermal fillers to the bridge and tip recontour the nose so as to make the length less noticeable? Thanks.

Doctor Answers 5

Shortening the nose through rhinoplasty

Without any photos it is impossible to tell what the options are. It is very common to have a Silastic dorsal implant placed in the bridge, an Asian rhinoplasty to give the illusion of narrower sidewalls and a higher bridge. Performing a rhinoplasty will not alter the face. Shortening the nose will only push the nostrils upward and it will look operated upon. We do not recommend dermal filler to the bridge.  

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty to Shorten Nose

Noses are frequently shortened with a rhinoplasty. Without pictures, it is difficult to make specific recommendations other than advise you to see a rhinoplasty surgeon for consultation.  That surgeon will discuss alternatives such as the use of dermal fillers or cartilage grafts, including the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Noses can be shortened through rhinoplasty.

This will not alter your face and it will look natural if you go to an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon who does natural noses. He can tell you if fillers alone will work to do what you want.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Making your nose shorter

Without pictures or examining you it is hard to give you specific advice.  There are many components to rhinoplasty.  Based on your description, is sounds like you would benefit from a rhinoplasty.  Also, dermal fillers are great to help mask a hump or contour irregularities.  Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Yes and no

Anything you do to your face will alter your face.  It sounds like a simple concept but its true.  Changing your eye shadow will change your face, etc...

But if the change you are seeking looks good and fits your face then it wont alter it in a bad way.  If it looks natural after the change, the vast majority of your friends and family should not be able to pick up that anything has changed about your nose, but rather they may notice that you look better or more refreshed. 

However, all of this depends on nasal analysis.  The proper diagnosis needs to be made followed by the proper skilled surgical or non surgical procedure.  Only then will you have a high chance of success.

Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

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