Latest nose research indicates the most aeshtetically desired nose for every single person is different. While nose surgeons cater to common requests such as removing the hump, slimming down the bridge of the nose and lifting up the nose tip, one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to rhinoplasty.
In this article, we will consider the factors that are considered appealing when it comes to nose aesthetics. It’s important to note that since every patient has different goals, what is considered most commonly desired might not be reflective of your own aesthetic preferences.
Six Most Common Nose Shapes – Which is the most requested nose?
Research shows that there are more than 14 different types of common noses. The ones people mostly request before their rhinoplasty procedures are:
1. Celestial Nose
This shape is described as soft, refined, and narrow, turns up directly with an outward curve and has no point. If you are looking for an example, the actress Carey Mulligan has a celestial nose.
2. Snub Nose
A snub nose shape is typically small. It is also called a button nose with slight widening. The nose has a fairly small length and is upturned. Elizabeth Taylor’s nose is a classic example is a snub nose.
3. Greek Nose
It is a very rare nose shape that runs in a straight line from eyes to tip without a curve. Research suggests that only 3% of nose shapes are Greek.
4. The Duchess Nose
If you are looking for an example of the duchess’s nose, Kate Middleton’s nose is a great one. The nose has been given its name after a British duchess.
5. The Aquiline Nose
This nose is straight and gently slopes from the eye to the nostrils. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) nose is a classic example.
6. The Roman Nose
This nose shape has a very prominent bridge and is more hooked than curved. It has quite a bulbous tip. Actor Tom Cruise has a typical Roman nose.
Guide to Rhinoplasty
Changing Nose Shape Goals
Throughout the years, the perceptions of beauty regarding noses have changed and will continue to change. Desirable nose shapes in different parts of the world, races, ethnicities and cultures are different. This means a person’s desired nose shape might be influenced by the culture or environment in which they live.
Modern-day rhinoplasties are often aimed at making subtle changes that preserve the patient’s uniqueness, rather than trying to remove cultural associations.
What Are the Nose Characteristics to Consider Before Rhinoplasty?
When it comes to developing goals for rhinoplasty, it will help you to understand your nose structure better so that you can communicate your ideas more effectively. Let’s have a look at are few of the characteristics of noses:
1. Nose Width
Many patients seeking plastic surgery to alter the aspect of their nose are looking to narrow down the overall width of their nose.
2. Nasal Tip
Another major characteristic that people want to alter as a part of rhinoplasty is the nasal tip. Some of us are born with thick nasal skin which makes the nose appear rounder. Some people prefer a pointier nose tip.
3. Nose Lines
A hump or a bump on the nose is a point of concern for many individuals. Hence, many people desire their nose to be straighter.
4. Size of the Nostrils
The nostrils are meant to purify the air that enters your lungs. The size of the nostrils plays a very important role in the appearance of your nose. Cosmetic surgery often helps people achieve smaller and more symmetrical nostrils.
5. Angle between Lip & Tip
Another important metric is the distance between the top of your lip and the tip of the nose.This can be changed with Nose Surgery (rhinoplasty) or Upper Lip Lift (philtrum reduction) surgery.
Selecting a Nose Shape When Considering Rhinoplasty
You might have understood by now that there is no such thing as a perfect nose, and different characteristics will suit different people. A lot of surgeons will use simulation to help you visualise the results of your rhinoplasty surgery based on your requirements. While it isn’t identical to the actual results, the imaging technique can be helpful to imagine how you will look post-surgery. Let’s discuss a few points to consider:
· Upper Part of the Nose
This part is made of nasal bones. Dr Hunt typically alters the height of the nose to try to match the angle between the nose and forehead. However, minimising the size of the bones excessively might lead to indentation which can create breathing issues. Hence, it is important to choose an experienced nose surgeon.
· Middle Part of the Nose
The middle section of the nose is made up of bendable soft cartilage. It essentially divides your nostrils and extends deep into the nasal cavity. A lot of patients wish to have a straighter mid part of the nose which shouldn’t be too wide or narrow. If you have a deviated septum, this part will need some additional correction. Dr Hunt will aim to eliminate the bumps and curves in this area. However, extreme caution is needed while straightening your nose otherwise it might lead to restricted breathing.
· Tip of the Nose
The tip of your nose has two C-shaped cartilages. The look of your nose or aesthetic relies on the projection of the tip and the size of the tip. In certain cases, patients don’t need any alterations to their nose tip while in others, major changes are required, depending on their goals.
· Nose Skin Quality
We all have different skin types and thicknesses. The skin on your nose acts as an envelope to the underlying structure. If you are born with thick and oily skin, it can be very difficult for a surgeon to bring about major changes. On the other hand, individuals with thinner skin can see even the smallest changes. During the nose surgery, Dr Hunt will focus on the underlying structure instead of the skin on top. However, your skin plays an important role in the final result.
· Nasal Airway
Adequate nasal breathing is crucial for your comfort and overall health. In certain cases, the blockages in airways lead are caused by curvatures in the cartilage as well as the thickening of turbine glands. It is important to choose a highly skilled and experienced nose surgeon to make the alterations. The goal is to make the required changes while ensuring your airflow isn’t restricted.
Balancing Your Nose with the Rest of Your Facial Features
You might see somebody else’s nose and say to yourself: ‘I wish I had a nose like that’. But do you really want that? We all are born with different facial features and shapes. What will suit your friend might not suit you and vice versa. What will look great on a person of Asian ethnicity will not look great on someone of European descent. Your ethnic appearance comes into play when it comes to determining the what will compliment your features.
It is important to choose a highly experienced surgeon and make sure that you talk about your hopes, goals, and expectations.
Further Reading about Rhinoplasty
- Read Dr Hunt’s Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) page
- Read Dr Hunt’s Rhinoplasty page
- See Dr Hunt’s Real Patient Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Before and After Photos
- Blog How to find a Nose Surgeon in Sydney
- Blog Ethnic Rhinoplasty – A Rhinoplasty for Different Ethnic Groups
Medical References about Rhinoplasty and Ideal Nose
- Medical Journal Article on Asian Nasal Analysis and Anatomy
- Medical Article on Ethnic Rhino
- Finding the Picture-Perfect Nose
- What Does Your Nose Say About Your Health?
About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is suitable for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and requires a personalised approach to reach their goals.
Dr Hunt has provided his one-on-one service and attention to detail to thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia.
Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education
Dr Jeremy A. Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from well-established and experienced plastic surgeons.
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