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Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) is a popular procedure for men. Bringing the nose into balance with the rest of the face can dramatically improve a man’s appearance. In some cases, rhinoplasty is combined with a chin implant to further balance the face while improving the jawline.
In general, while the surgical techniques of rhinoplasty are the same for male and female patients, the aesthetic goals are different. Male noses tend to have a more prominent, straighter bridge and greater width to the middle of the nose. The tip in men should be less rotated; classically, the angle between the nose and the upper lip is described as being between 90 and 95 degrees. By contrast, women patients, particularly those of shorter stature, can tolerate another 5 to 10 degrees of tip rotation and a small supratip break, the subtle indentation along the bridge just above the tip.
Men also tend to have thicker skin, which can also affect the overall refinement of the nose. With either men or women, there is no perfect nose for everyone. Rather the nose adjustments need to be “customized”, based on the patient’s individual aesthetic sense and other facial features.
Understanding the Procedure
Dr. Moradzadeh will make an incision, usually placed within the nostril to the framework of the nose. He then sculpts cartilage away to reduce the size or shape of the nose (or, if the opposite result is desired, tissue may be added to increase the size of the nose). The septum may be trimmed to correct droopiness or may be realigned to correct breathing problems.At the end of the surgery, a splint will be placed on the outside of the nose and possibly on the inside as well. These splints are used to protect the nasal structures that are temporarily delicate as a result of the procedure.
A rhinoplasty can take from one to four hours depending on the complexity of the procedure. This surgery is done on an outpatient basis with general or local anesthesia.
What to Expect Afterwards
Patients may experience some degree of bruising and swelling but this improves progressively over the course of two to four weeks.
A splint will be placed on the outside of the nose and possibly on the inside as well. These splints are used to protect the nasal structures that are temporarily delicate as a result of the procedure.
Bed rest is recommended the day of the surgery, and activity should be limited for the following two days. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for about four to six weeks after rhinoplasty, but they can generally return to work in one week.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?
Male patients are generally quite satisfied with the results of the procedure. Noses appear smaller, better proportioned and generally more attractive. Damaged or crooked noses are fixed and straightened. Breathing capability is improved. And generally, patients experience an overall improvement in their self-image and happiness with their appearance. A consultation with Dr. Moradzadeh will help you determine if rhinoplasty makes sense for the goals you are trying to achieve.