Shaving off 8mm to 1cm from Bone Possible in Rhinoplasty?

I feel that my nose is too fat for my face and doesn't look right. It seems to extend too far off my face and I was wondering whether it would be possible to shave 8mm to 1cm off it in all areas (i.e from bridge to tip) to bring it closer to my face during the Rhinoplasty surgery. The nose bridge basically seems to be too high. Thanks in advance.

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What you are describing is exactly what is done as part of the rhinoplasty.   8 mm or more seems like quite a bit to lower a bridge, but I have seen cases that gave required that much.  Photos would really get helpful.  I would also suggest going on a few consults with surgeons in your area known for their rhinoplasty work.  Good luck.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Almost categorically no.

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Nose size means skin volume.  If your nose is reduced by 8-10 mm, all that skin has to go somewhere without distorting--something that is virtually impossible. 


Many things make a nose look large--radix height, tip projection, nasal skin type, and so on.  A capable rhinoplasty surgeon can separate these components for you and help guide you toward your surgical goal with a strategy that is safe and will work.

Mark B. Constantian, MD, FACS
Nashua Plastic Surgeon

Typically 4-6mm is removed during rhinoplasty

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Eight millimeters to one centimeter is maybe too aggressive of a reduction in a rhinoplasty procedure. Four to six millimeters is more the amount removed during the rhinoplasty. This is both bone and cartilage reduction and sculpting to give a new refinement to the nose.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Reducing Nasal Projection

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Reducing the bony projection 8-10 can be done. However, "proportion" is the operative word (no pun intended) in rhinoplasty surgery. There must be proportion between the nose and the rest of the face , as well as a good relationship between the various parts of the nose. You want to achieve an aesthetically pleasing nose, not just a smaller one.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

One cm of bone reduction during Rhinoplasty is on the extreme side

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One cm of reduction is on the extreme side and you really probably don't need to take that much off when you undergo rhinoplasty (or nose job / nose shaping / nose reshaping / nose cosmetic surgery / nose plastic surgery). What might bring your nose into balance is lifting up the tip of your nose and placing a graft in between the eyes to offset what you are feeling is a big hump of a nose. The only way to tell is to look at you in person or through some well taken photographs. Your nose can be made to look like what you want to a significant degree.

Remember, nothing is magic but we, as doctors, are trying to make it look as though it were magic.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Consultation with Digital Imaging is a Great Idea

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I must agree with the other surgeons - taking 1cm off the nasal dorsum seems rather much. I would suggest visiting a facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who performs digital imaging. The surgeon can then sit down and illustrate what may need to be done to achieve the goals you desire. In some cases, removing bone is necessary while in others, actually adding bone is what is needed to achieve your desired result.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon

A large proboscis

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It sounds like a reasonable plan, but also sounds like a lot of nose to remove.  I recommend consulting with a plastic surgeon for some guidance as to how much overprojection of your nose can be corrected.  Good luck!

How much to bring down a nose

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Dear Newts

Taking down the bump on a nose varies patient to patient. I must admit that it does sound like a lot 1 cm. It may appear this way to you but sometimes taking less off the bump and building up the bridge gives a much nicer look.

See a plastic surgeon who does a good deal of noses both open and closed. Have him evaluate you on a computer to show you how you would look with the "new" nose and discuss your desires with him. You may need to see several doctors before making your final decision.

Good Luck.

See a rhinoplasty specialist.

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 It is possible to make your nose smaller in all dimensions. It is important to see an experienced rhinoplasty specialist to evaluate your skin thickness as well as facial proportions.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Shaving down a large nasal hump

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Yes it can be achieved. However 1 cm seems to be too much. Look at your profile view and make sure you don't have a small chin. A  small chin can make your nose look bigger than it really is.

Also, reducing the nasal hump too much is more likely to lead to complications than a conservative reduction.


Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

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