Is There A Perfect Nose In Rhinoplasty?

June 20, 2017

We live in a visual world in which almost everyone is posting their selfies to Instagram, Facebook and other social media. The nose is the most prominent feature of our, it determines its beauty. However, the way we look at beauty is subject to fashion. The perception of beauty in ancient times is quite different than it is today.

Yet we can say that beauty is about proportion, about harmony and balance between the different facial features. Because the nose is the most prominent part of our face, the harmony it creates with our lips, cheek, chin, forehead and bone structure determines the beauty of our appearance.

According to the plastic surgeons there is no such thing as the perfect nose. But there is an ideal nose for everyone and that can be achieved by Rhinoplasty, the so-called nose job or nose reshaping.  

Ethnicity, gender, age, the shape of the face, height, skin type and thickness all have an influence on how to determine the ideal shape of the nose.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines rhinoplasty as any cosmetic surgery to the nose in order to reshape and resize. Rhinoplasty also correct breathing problem of the patients with the structural defects in their nose. A nose job can treat; nose size in relation to facial balance, nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils, nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge, nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked, nostrils that are large, wide or upturned and nasal asymmetry. Nose surgery to correct deviated septum is called septoplasty and generally performed together with rhinoplasty. Septoplasty is performed to improve obstructed airway.

According to the data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were almost 1.8 million cosmetic surgeries performed in 2016 and rhinoplasty is the third popular one. Not only in the USA but in all around the world rhinoplasty is among the most popular plastic surgery.

There are some universally acknowledged characteristics that tell us what is the ideal nose. Symmetry is one of them. And facial proportions that reflect the Golden Ratio are also universally considered to be beautiful. The golden ratio was developed in the Renaissance when artists and architects believed the Golden Ratio creates the most pleasing and beautiful shapes. Nowadays it is often used as a mathematical formula to help explain why some people are considered beautiful. Cosmetic surgeons apply Golden Ratio too in their measurement on the face to determine the nose shape to be achieved by rhinoplasty surgery. Recent studies claim that measured from the lip up, the optimum angle of rotation at the nasal tip, should be between 104-108 degrees to enhance a woman’s looks when it comes to the nose. These criteria are taken into account by plastic surgeons to determine the shape of the nose before going to rhinoplasty surgery.  

In traditional plastic surgery, an attractive nose was a small, straight, tip-tilted, symmetrical nose and plastic surgeons were doing almost identical nose jobs (rhinoplasty) in the 1900s to everyone. We could easily see if a person had undergone rhinoplasty surgery. Today plastic surgeons help their patients to decide about their nose job. To have a natural-looking, refined and characteristic nose to be achieved with rhinoplasty surgery. They make small variations by keeping the characteristic of the nose in line with the personality, ethnicity, age, gender and specific anatomy. They make more elegant and refined nose job (rhinoplasty).  

Because of this new approach of plastic surgeons, the rhinoplasty surgery performed on many celebrities is hardly recognized. They look the same but better. Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Patrick Dempsey, Ashlee Simpson and Tyra Banks are among the celebrities whose nose job cannot be recognized, although their appearance is obviously better.

We need to ask ourselves if we want a nose that looks like our dream model photo or do we want a nose that fits our personality and looks just perfect in our own face.  

We should keep in mind that there are also bad nose jobs. Heidi Montag, La Toya Jackson, Joan Rivers, Jennifer Grey are some celebrities that ended up with a nose not better than they had before.  Therefore, before rhinoplasty surgery, we should discuss with the plastic surgeon the expected result: what do we want, what is the most appropriate nose for our own face.  

There is a high degree of artistry in rhinoplasty surgery. That is why expertise and talent of the plastic surgeon are so important. The plastic surgeons of MCAN Health in Turkey emphasize the importance of consultation before the rhinoplasty. To get a good understanding of the patient’s wishes and expectations and to help the patient in the process, for a nose best fit specifically to him or her. Because that is as important as the surgery itself.  


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