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Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
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From the frontal view, you can tell that this nose was shortened by looking for the nostrils.  We want to see just a small glimpse of the nostrils from this view.  That glimpse tells us that the nose is attractively short.  In the before picture above left, you can't see her nostrils at all, whereas in the after view, you do get just a small peek at the nostrils.

The rhinoplasty surgery tutorial contains an illustrated explanation of the relationship between the length of the nose and the view of the nostrils from the front (the surgery tutorials contain explicit photographs taken during surgery).

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Questioner: Does my New Nose Fit my Face?
I had rhinoplasty 4 years ago, but I've never been completely thrilled with my results. I told my surgeon at my 1 year that I was concerned too much was taken off the bridge, and the tip looked a little bulbous. He said I was over analyzing it and kind of got frustrated with me when i was upset my nose was dipped when we discussed keeping it straight. Here are my questions: is my tip bolbous, or does it fit my face? Is my nose still long? Does the profile view fit my face and look good dipped?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: You are correct about your nose, but the issue is the tip, not the bridge!

You absolutely are not over analyzing your nose; there are some real issues, and your doctor should be able to recognize them. Click on the "Web reference" link in my answer for a morph showing a correction of the main part of your issues.

The problem is not that your bridge was over-resected; I don't think it was. The problem is that the tip of your nose is still over-projecting. That is, it projects too far forward, away from your face. Also, when a bridge is carved, and then when the tip's projection is lessened by bringing it closer to the face, the tip should be elevated. That is, raised, to make the nose look shorter.  "Shorter" means that the distance from where the nose begins between the eyes, down the length of the bridge to the tip, is less. As you'll see in the morph, when the tip is brought back closer to the face, the bridge no longer looks over-resected!

The problems that you have are not unusual, because deprojecting and raising a tip involve complicated work on the tip cartilages. An over-projecting and drooping tip are two of the most common issues I see in patients who are considering revision surgery.

The good news for you is that, in competent hands, bringing the tip of the nose back toward the face, and elevating the tip, are two of the most predictable changes that are made in rhinoplasty, even in the much-more-difficult revision rhinoplasty. Also, the techniques that elevate and deproject the tip often also work to narrow the tip.

As revisions go, I would be optimistic for a good result for you.

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