Facial Balance in the New York Area
What exactly is a large nose?The New York area’s Williams Center for Plastic Surgery team explains that there are a lot of noses that can be described as large, and most of these are simply out of balance and out of proportion to the patient’s face. For example: someone with a weaker bone structure or small face may not carry a nose that is ideal for someone with a stronger bone structure. The bottom line is that a well-balanced nose that is exactly the same size but on a smaller face, often appears conspicuous or larger. When someone is referring to a large nose, they are typically referring to a nose where the tip stands out from the face (this is called over projection) or they have this anatomical variant in conjunction with a strong bridge (medically referred to as a convex dorsum) and sometimes referred to as a bump. Lastly, when a nose is wide, either in the mid-section or at the bottom of the nose, it can also be considered a large nose.
To request a consultation for reducing a large nose in the New York area, contact the Williams Center for Plastic Surgery online or by phone at 1-800-742-2797.
Causes of a large nose are multi-factorial and consist of large nasal bones or an overly developed or cartilaginous lower nose for both. Sometimes a patient can have flaring nostrils and a wide base to the nose which create the illusion that the entire nose is larger. All of these things need to be taken into consideration when someone is considering rhinoplasty to reduce a large nose, so that the patient is left with a nose that is not only smaller,but balanced and fits their face and ethnicity. For example: A 5’2″ woman of northern European descent will more likely have a different goal than a 6’3″ African American male. Naturally, a very experienced rhinoplasty specialist can discuss the differences, including preserving ethnic characteristics so as to achieve a balanced and natural nose.
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The decision to proceed with rhinoplasty is usually followed by a consultation with an experienced specialist who will not only listen to the patient seeking large nose reduction, but will place them on the computerized imager so they are able to discuss all areas that are considered large or big and what the recommended approach will be to bring everything back into balance. Computerized imaging has revolutionized the consultation process and is also a wonderful tool for the specialist to manage expectations and for the patient to communicate more effectively with the surgeon.
Fixing a large nose is somewhat different than fixing a smaller nose, because typically some cartilage or tissue needs to be taken away. Taking tissue away is often rebalanced by putting some back, but it is usually by way of cartilage removal and/or bone removal.
One question that patients often ask is: How does the skin of a large nose go back to accommodate a smaller sub-structure? There have actually been patients in the past who thought that the surgeon had to cut skin out from a large nose, but amazingly, the skin re-drapes to accommodate the new underlining structure. However, there are some limitations on this, which is beyond the scope of this informational section and have to do with thicker skin and larger amounts of reduction.
If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure to reduce a large nose and want to consult with an experienced New York-area facial plastic surgeon, call the Williams Center at 1-800-742-2797 today!