I am 48. What can be done to give me a smaller nose? (photos)
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Your nose needs to be "deprojected", moved closer to your face.
See the "Web reference" link, just below my response. I made a computer morph of your nose, and an animation of the morph, to show the changes that are possible for your nose in truly expert hands.
When the tip of the nose comes back closer to the face, the length of the nostrils typically decreases, too. And of course, as you'll see in the animation, the bridge needs to be lowered to accommodate the new closer-in position of the tip.
The asymmetry can be improved, but not corrected 100%. But anyway, the asymmetry is mostly noticeable only when you're looking up, so it's not as important a change.
You should understand that the changes I demonstrated in the morph require very advanced techniques, techniques that most plastic surgeons cannot handle. Be sure to read the section in the "Web reference" link on how to stay out of trouble while searching for a rhinoplasty surgeon.
Your nose is also a good example of why computer imaging is mandatory in rhinoplasty. You need to know exactly what the surgeon is planning to accomplish -- what features he thinks he can change, and by how much he thinks he can change them. When you see his goals, you'll know whether he has an eye for a beautiful nose, and whether he shares your opinion of what constitutes a beautiful nose. You'll also know whether the changes he proposes are enough to be meaningful to you, and whether he understands your wishes enough to address all of your priorities. Then, he must show you before and after photos to prove that he can actually accomplish what he draws on the computer.
The solution is going to be a rhinoplasty. The key to that procedure will be to assess the proportions of your face and nose and then decide to what degree your nose is " too big" and how to downsize the relevant portion to achieve a result that matches the rest of your face.
This way you should achieve a result that does not look "operated ob" but rather suits your face and highlights your other features
I hope that helps
Rhinoplasty in 48 year old female
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It is very reasonable to consider septorhinoplasty at your age and for your issues. It appears that the caudal (anterior) edge of the septum is protruding into your right nostril. This will also contribute to an asymmetry on front view. This should be modified along with lowering the cartilaginous and bony dorsum and resecting a segment of the tip cartilages , in effect lowering the entire nose, moving the dorsum and tip closer to your face.
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Surgical rhinoplasty is the only method of making your nose smaller. Age is not a contraindication, although smoking and other health issues may be. Good luck, Dr Steve Merten, Sydney, Australia
You may be an excellent candidate for rhinoplasty.
Thank you for your question. Judging from your pictures and description, it seems that you could very much benefit from a rhinoplasty procedure. Reducing the amount of protrusion and improving the symmetry of your nostrils can be very nicely achieved through this procedure. In terms of the specific surgical techniques that may be used, discussing these in detail with a board-certified plastic surgeon is going to be the best way to gain a thorough idea of what would be entailed in your individual surgery. As far as your age is concerned, as long as you are in general good health and have realistic expectations for your final results, this isn’t a barrier at all. Many women and men your age choose to get rhinoplasty procedures and enjoy high-quality results.
Age will not be a problem
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