Nose Shortening With Rhinoplasty
Yes. Shortening the nose, and giving the illusion of more
space between your lips and your nose can be done by a number of maneuvers. In
your picture with a smile, the nose comes down, making the distance between
your nose and lips appear more limited. It is important to evaluate your nose
with a neutral facial expression, because it is easy to raise the nose too much,
resulting in an "operated on" look. When you consult a surgeon, it is
important to look at before-and-after pictures to make sure that the surgeon
can achieve what you are looking for in terms of improvement, and you should carefully
communicate your desires. Simply shortening the nose (if nothing else is going
to be changed) can even be done under local anesthesia in the office, but most
often, a patient desires shortening as part of an overall plan to improve the
aesthetics of the nose. Thanks for your question, and good luck.
Rhinoplasty Surgery to shorten the nose
surgery can be performed to help achieve a shorter nose. Of critical importance is to define as
specifically as possible what your goals are and how they will impact the
appearance of your nose. It will be
important to discuss how any changes in the length of your nose impact the tilt
of the nose relative to the lip (this is called the rotation) and how any
changes might impact the projection of your nose (or how far the nose is
projected away from the face). It is
important to set up a face to face consult with an experienced and accredited
surgeon for the best surgical treatment plan. Rhinoplasty surgery is often one of the most
challenging and difficult surgeries so it is important to find an experienced
surgeon who is board certified, has good patient reviews and that you can
communicate easily with. Good Luck with
Rhinoplasty to shorten the nose
There are multiple techniques available to the rhinoplasty surgeon to shorten the patient's nose. These include tip suturing techniques, cartilage removal, cartilage grafting, and shaving the caudal septum. It's also important to release the depressor septi ligament if it's present to prevent the tip of drooping upon animation.
A shorter nose after rhinoplasty
You can have a shorter nose after rhinoplasty. Keep in mind shortening the nose might mean a shorter length, increased tip rotation, or reduced projection of the tip from the lip. The best discussion often revolves around computer simulation, experimenting with your photo to see and communicate accurately your ideal result.
Is it possible to get a shorter nose?
The nasal area that you described
and concerns you can be cosmetically improved with an artistically performed nasal surgery (rhinoplasty) by an experienced plastic surgeon.
Keep in mind that following the
advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you exactly what to do based on a limited two dimensional photo without examining you,
physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full
medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative procedure
would not be in your best interest. I would suggest you find a plastic surgeon certified
by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American
Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) or facial plastic surgeon (otolaryngologist) that
you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
Rhinoplasty to shorten the nose.
Rhinoplasty to shorten your can be done by an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. Make sure you look at before and after pictures to determine if the surgeon does natural looking noses.
Is it possible to get a shorter nose?
Yes, that goal can be achieved.
Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds
of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year. Then look at the
plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a
sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Shortening a nose is a common goal in rhinoplasty
The answer is yes. The tip of the nose can be elevated to create a shorter nose and an appearance of more space between the lip and nose. Although the concept seems simple, this maneuver needs to be performed carefully to maintain an aesthetic relationship between the tip and bridge, the right amount of nostril show, and preservation of a smooth and refined tip shape. The issue about tip shape is especially important because lifting a tip can make it look wider is some cases. For this reason, I often use special strut grafts to preserve the ideal tip shape when I shorten a nose (see video link).