How Can a Rhinoplasty Reduce the Size of My Nose?

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If you are concerned that your nose size or shape is too big for your face, rhinoplasty or a nose job can boost your confidence in your facial appearance. Nose reshaping is one of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures among U.S. men and women. Reduction rhinoplasty makes your nose smaller while improving proportion and balance with your facial features.

How Can a Rhinoplasty Reduce Your Nose Size?

Rhinoplasty can reduce your nose size by modifying your nose’s underlying cartilage and bone. If you have a broad nose, wide nostrils, a large nasal tip, or a large hump in your nose bridge, rhinoplasty balances your nose and facial features.

We will discuss four ways rhinoplasty can reduce your nose size or shape.

1. Lower a Hump in Your Bridge

If you are unhappy with a large hump in your nasal bridge, a reduction rhinoplasty can lower it, smooth unevenness, and contour your nose. During this process, your plastic surgeon will reduce the height of your bridge by removing precise amounts of bone and cartilage. They will adjust bone and cartilage to achieve the desired shape and size outlined in your surgical plan. Your reduced bridge will look smooth and natural.

2. Narrow a Wide Nose

Reduction rhinoplasty can make an overly wide nose narrower. If you are concerned that rhinoplasty may erase your unique ethnic or physical features and characteristics, your plastic surgeon’s personalized approach will preserve the features you want to keep. The results will look natural—not overdone.

These steps reduce a broad nose:

  • Section the upper nasal bones into smaller pieces
  • Narrow your nose bridge
  • Rearrange the pieces to narrow your bone structure
  • 3. Decrease Nostril Size

    Wide or flared nostrils can make you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious about your nose. Nostril flare can result from a broad nasal base, thick muscles pulling the nostrils laterally, or excessive cartilage in the nasal tip. After evaluating the cause and type of nostril flare, your plastic surgeon will create a treatment plan to achieve a look you’ll love.

    Treatment may include:

  • Removing a piece of the nostril wall
  • Thinning the muscles that pull the nose laterally
  • Trimming or reshaping cartilage at the nasal tip
  • 4. Modify a Nasal Tip

    An oversized or uneven nose tip can detract from your facial features. Refining the nose tip may involve removing or thinning cartilage or skin. Tip rhinoplasty can correct these concerns:

  • Broadness
  • Overprojection
  • Unevenness
  • Droopiness
  • An even proportioned tip smooths and sculpts your nose and improves its profile.

    How Is Rhinoplasty Done?

    Plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty by accessing and modifying cartilage and bone through an open or closed incision.

  • Closed incision – Inside your nose
  • Open incision – Across the narrow strip of tissue (columella) that separates the nostrils
  • Some plastic surgeons prefer open incisions because they allow them to preview your modified nasal structure for precision and accuracy. According to an article published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, open incisions have lower revision rates, decreasing the risks of corrective surgery to achieve the desired results.

    Are You Considering Rhinoplasty?

    If you are considering rhinoplasty, remember that the goal of the procedure is to achieve facial balance, not perfect symmetry, for natural-looking results. The first step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.


    A board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Ayoub, with experience in nose resizing and reshaping is adept at facial analysis and aware of rhinoplasty’s capabilities and limitations. You can expect the following from a plastic surgeon during a consultation:

  • Listen as you describe in detail what you do and do not like about the shape of your nose
  • Ask questions and analyze pictures that you bring as examples of the results you want
  • Review your health history
  • Complete a medical exam and evaluate your nose with your face shape and size, ethnicity, and unique features
  • Discuss the results you can expect in detail to ensure you have realistic expectations for the procedure
  • Virtual Rhinoplasty

    Some plastic surgeons take pictures of your face for use in digital technology during your consultation. Visualizing the changes you request will help you understand the procedure and how it will affect your facial appearance. The virtual images will also help you determine whether you want to adjust your nose shape or size preferences.

    Treatment Plan

    Your personalized treatment plan will reflect your preferences and include surgical techniques for reshaping or resizing your nose while retaining your natural beauty. Treatment may involve one or a combination of techniques to achieve your desired results.

    Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation in Omaha

    If you are considering reduction rhinoplasty, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nagi Ayoub of Westfield Plastic Surgery Center in Omaha will give you personable, attentive care. Call us or complete our consultation request form today.

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