In these photos we see another clue, that his nose is
over-projecting. In the after photo, draw these two imaginary lines: a
mostly-horizontal line drawn along the base of his nose, and a line drawn along the skin from the
base of his nose down to his upper lip. Those two lines meet at a sharp
angle. In the before picture, however, they don't. The line that traces the
skin of his upper lip curves forward to meet the bottom of his nose in the
If you grab the tip of your nose and pull it forward, making your nose more
projecting, your upper lip skin
will do the same thing. When the upper lip skin pulls forward like that,
we call it "tethering of the upper lip," and it's usually an
indication that the nose is a projecting nose.
The rhinoplasty section of the Surgery tutorials contains a chapter
that discusses the phenomenon of upper lip tethering (the surgery tutorials contain explicit photographs taken during surgery).
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Can I Keep the Length of my Nose?
I spoke to a plastic surgeon and I told him that I am happy with the length of my nose as it compliments my oval face.The surgeon agreed. I was to get a nose job mainly to remove a dorsal hump. But the surgeon told me that my nose will be shorter after surgery (about 0.5cm) due to the shape of it now. I think.a short nose will look out of place. i also askd if i could leave everything as it is and only remove the dorsal hump and he said that this will make my nose look cartoonish?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: You would benefit from a shorter nose when the hump is taken down
I agree that if the hump is taken down, your tip should be elevated, and the tip should also be brought back closer to your face. When a hump is removed, the nose usually LOOKS longer, even if it wasn't MADE longer. The Web link gives you two morphs, one showing just a take-down of the hump, and the other showing hump removal with a modest elevation of the tip and bringing the tip back closer to the face as well. A prominent hump can mask the fact that the nose is strong in its forward projection away from the face, so if the only change is the hump removal, it usually generates as many problems as it fixes! Make sure your surgeon shows you photos to prove that he is expert in tip work, because it is the tip work that allows the tip to elevate and move back closer to the face.
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