Rhinoplasty Questions.. Is It Possible or Will I Look Funny? (photo)

I am a 27yr old female currently thinking of getting Rhinoplasty. But I have some things i'm curious about.. Do rhinoplasty surgery consist of breaking the nose bone or is it for those who want a narrow nose? In my case the bottom part of my nose is wide but I dont want any bones to be broken. Is that possible by narrowing the nose without breaking the nose? I know its the bones on top of my nose that makes it wide but I dont want that part to be touch..I just want the nostrils not to be broad.

Doctor Answers 8

Rhinoplasty without osteotomies

Narrowing the nasal bones is one of the reasons osteotomies (fracturing the nasal bones) are performed.  If you do not want your bones to be broken, then the appearance of your nose can certainly be improved without doing so.  The width and flare of the nostrils can be improved without touching your nasal bones.  

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Rhinoplasty expectations

During the rhinoplasty operation there are several different techniques that are used to narrow the nose.  Breaking the bones (osteotomies) are indeed one way to narrow the nasal bones.  Doing so narrows both the nasal bones and the upper lateral cartilage which represent the upper 2/3 of the nose.  Tip refinement techniques such as removal of cartilage and sewing tip cartilages together attempt to narrow the tip itself.  Alarplasty incisions at the base of the nostrils are performed to excise excess skin to narrow the wide nostrils.  These techniques can be done in conjunction with one another, and your specific concerns are addressed during the consultation.  It is important to find a surgeon who is very experienced in rhinoplasty to get a natural result.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Rhinoplasty - Can it leave me looking 'funny'?

Your concerns are real. There are unfortunately patients whose Rhinoplasty results did not meet their expectations. Make sure to meet with more than one surgeon. Clearly explain your concerns and make sure the surgeon appears to understand just what is bothering you. Next listen to his plan and make sure it makes sense to you. Additional consultations help you to solidify your understanding of your nose and what can/can't be done. A conservative surgery of the nasal tip and alae would likely improve the nose more to your liking. Best of Luck   Dr Harrell

Jon F. Harrell, DO, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Rhinoplasty Questions.. Is It Possible or Will I Look Funny?

Sounds like you only desire a tip platy with wedge excisions to narrow the base width. Best to further discuss the operation with your chosen doctor so you are both on the same page. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Limited Rhinoplasty

You can limit your surgery to refining the tip and narrowing the nasal base if that is what you want to do. You will not look funny as long as you select an experienced surgeon whose aesthetics you like. Be very clear before the operation about the changes that will be made.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Best procedure for your nose! Some advices:

Thank you very much for the questions.
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, After having analyzed all the info. and photos provided to us, i recommend you perform an Open Full Rhinoplasty, includding narrowing of the nasal base and nostrils, with nasal bones treatment (controled fracture) and alar + triangular nasal cartilages re-shaping.
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 270 reviews

You can achieve the look that you want, working together with your surgeon

You probably don't need to have you nose "broken" as this is usually needed when the dorsum is reduced, and when you want to narrow the nose as you mentioned. Although you did not provide a side view I supect that you may need the dorsum to be augmented slightly, and this would give the appearance of narrowing the nose without "breaking" it. The lower part of the nose can be narrowed by removing some of the tissue making up the sides of the nose (alae).

I like to modify photographs of my patients nose on the computer with my patients so we can make sure we are on the same page.

Rodney A. Green, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

African American Rhinoplasty


Yes it is possible to narrow your nose without a breaking your bones. All you need is a nasal implant that will raise your bridge and narrow your bones.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 274 reviews

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