Can Squeezing Nose to Make It Smaller Do Permanent Damage?

I cry every time i see my nose, what should i do?I'm just 18 year old. I looked at the nose huggie. I thought that if i squeeze my nose it will become smaller & sharper. i did it for 40 minuts but with a hair clip, because it's kind of like the nose huggie. I've noticed that my nose became bigger and wider. this is my 2nd day. Did I damage my nose? Is it gonna return back?

Doctor Answers 14

Nose huggie and nose clips and actual #rhinoplasty


Take a step back.  Take a deep breath.  You are ok.  You have not done any damage with nose devices or clips if you only used it twice for 40 minutes but STOP using these.  They do not work and in the long term can damage the nose. 

Now as far as your nose, there is no point in crying about a nose.  There are plenty of people with horrific diseases and disfigurements who live happy fulfilling lives.  Don't let a nose get you down.  But do some research.  Talk to your parents.  Be mature about your discussion and get them involved and make sure they can support you.  See a few GOOD ETHICAL plastic surgeons who only specialize in noses and rhinoplasty and see what they would recommend.  If your parents are not supportive, wait.  Focus on school and sports and other more important things and you can still get a better nose and have an actual rhinoplasty when you are older.  

Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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"Nose Huggy", Hair Clips, Old Fashioned Clothes Line Clips; All Not Good Alternatives to Rhinoplasty


It sounds like you have given a great deal of thought to your nose and rhinoplasty.  To change the appearance of your nose you should consult with rhinoplasty surgeons.  Do not attempt to treat your nose yourself.  Your nose should recover from the trauma that you inflicted with the hair clip.

If cost is a problem, you can call university teaching hospitals or look into Care Credit.  Make sure to choose your rhinoplasty surgeon most carefully, much more so than your chose your hair clip.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

That's the last thing I would do

In all liklihood you didn't do any damage other than cause temporary bruising and swelling.  Long term this can cause pproblems so please stop.  Have you seen a plastic surgeon or discussed this problem with your parents if you are still their responsibility.  They may not even know of your unhappiness with your nose.  Go for a consultation to a board certified plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon to see what your options are before trying to squeeze your nose smaller.

Steven Schuster, MD, FACS
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews


you likely did not do any permanent damage to your nose. However a nasal clip, certainly with prolonged use, can cause some damage. You are likely seeing some swelling that results from soft tissue trauma of your nose but nothing permanent. You may want to have a consultation with a rhinoplasty specialist to see what your options are (surgical and non surgical)

Sandy Sule, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Know that you have not caused any permanent damage to your nose

Thanks for your question and know that you have not caused any permanent damage to your nose. I think
you need to stop this and make an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see what all of
the treatment options are available to change the appearance of your nose. Home remedies do not work.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Squeezing a Nose to Decrease Size

Cease and desist!!!.  As you have seen this maneuver will only irritate the skin and cause swelling. Your nose should return to the original size. If you have cut the skin see a physician for proper treatment.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Squeezing nose to reshape.

It is highly unlikely that squeezing the nose will reshape it.  Contrary to what your mom may say, you face will not "freeze" in that position.

I suspect that you may have some swelling, and that things will return to normal.


Scott E. Kasden, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 101 reviews


Squeezing a nose will not make it smaller. All serious pressure on the nose would do is cause swelling (which may make it appear larger) or progressive deformity of the mid and lower nose cartilages which may even result in breathing issues.

If you are unhappy with your nose, no not waste your money and effort on the hundreds of junk treatments out there. See a board certified Plastic surgeon ( and learn what can REALLY be done for you.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Nose Squeezing

It is unlikely that you have caused significant injury by squeezing your nose with a hair clip. Most likely the squeezing has created some minor injury with associated swelling.  This swelling should improve over several days if you stop the squeezing. As the swelling improves your nose should go back to its original size and shape.

Paul Carniol, MD
Summit Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews


I agree with Dr. Naderi here. I hope that you're in a more happy place with your nose now. Lots of options out there and lots of new non-surgical and surgical options available.

Justin Harper, MD
Columbus Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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