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Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
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Let's try to evaluate the surgical changes from this frontal view.  You can see some of the changes from removing the hump: the before picture has two parallel vertical white stripes along the dorsum of his nose.  Those stripes are the return from the flashes in my photo room.  The stripes give you a feel for the position of the dorsum and the presence of the hump, and they are missing in the after picture.

Nasal length: in the after picture, we can see just a glimpse of his nostrils.  That glimpse is our indication that his nose was shortened, because in the before picture, his somewhat droopy tip hung over and obscured our view of the nostrils.

Actually, he has his head tilted down slightly in the before picture, but the analysis is still valid. (You can tell that his head is tilted down a bit by looking at his right eye and his right ear.  In the after picture, his right eye is at the level of the top of his ear.  In the before picture, his right eye sits below the level of the top of the ear.)


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Questioner: What steps would need to be taken during my rhinoplasty?
I think I have a unique nose, so I don't necessarily just want the bump gone but I also want the tip to be lengthened. What steps would be taken during the rhinoplasty and what is a possible outcome for my nose?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: I'm not so sure about lengthening your nose
It seems to me that the tip of your nose is strong in its forward projection away from your face, so during the rhinoplasty it might be good to bring it back a little closer. Then, of course, the bump would be removed.

When you bring the tip closer to the face, it makes the nose *look* longer, and also, when a bump is removed, it tends to make the nose *look* longer, and the angle that the bottom of your nose makes is not extremely high at all, so I wonder whether you would have to have your nose lengthened at all! Techniques to lengthen the nose are not as predictable as other changes we like to make, so I like to avoid them if possible.

From the frontal view, it looks as though your tip is quite wide, and narrowing the tip could be important, too. You sent profile and frontal views, but it's the three-quarter views, also called oblique views, that show the width of the tip best.

Finally, all due respect, your cropping didn't even leave all of your nose in the photos! It helps to see the entire nose.

Link to this question on RealSelf.com