I want a smaller nose, is that possible? (Photo)

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Thank you for your question and photograph.

I recommend that you schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty to have a nasal examination performed and a review of your medical history to see if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. The key is not to reduce the size of the nose to make it “smaller”, you want to reduce and refine your nose so it is proportional to the rest of your face. Based on the photograph you have posted, I believe you would benefit from a hump reduction and tip rhinoplasty. A dorsal hump can be removed by cutting out the extra cartilage along with filing of the bone to smooth out the bump. A tip rhinoplasty includes trimming the lower lateral cartilages and placing precision sutures to refine the tip and make it look more pleasing. Best of luck in your endeavors.

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science

Creating proportional balance

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The goal of rhinoplasty is to create harmony between the nose and face.  Noses that are disproportionate and too large for an individual's face can be sculpted through rhinoplasty to deliver the desired result.  Creating a balanced relationship between the nasal tip and dorsum is an essential part of rhinoplasty. 

Your nose will need to be evaluated by a doctor in multiple views to determine the best way to proceed. Both Plastic Surgeons and Otolaryngologist perform rhinoplasty. Make sure to do your homework to find one that performs a large amount of surgeries and is board certified by either the American Board of Otolaryngology or the American Board of Plastic Surgery.


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A rhinoplasty can change the shape, size and ultimate appearance of your nose. Schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to be assessed in person and discuss options.


Kouros Azar

Correction of big nose

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Dear Ramurukku,

 there is no sustitute for clinical examination    and only one  view quite inadequte

 just for you information

  Reduction rhinoplasty commonly done  for large nose make aesthetic pleasant small and sharp nose. 

 please  contact indian board certified  plastic  surgeon and discuss with him throughly and look for his results

Smaller nose is possible!

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From that single photo it is absolutely possible to make your nose smaller. 

A 'smaller' nose can be from any of 3 different dimensions. Projection, width or length.

The most frequent changes to achieve this include; Dorsal hump reduction, or shaving the bridge of the nose down, setting the tip back (and/or up) with a number of different techniques, and osteotomies (breaking and resetting) the nasal bones into a narrower shape.

All of these things would be possible if you are looking to make your nose smaller.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.