Profile vs. Frontal Rhinoplasty: Considering the Nose from Different Angles

The nose is such a prominent facial feature, and one that can affect the way people see your face. The thing is, a nose can look much different when viewed from the front or viewed from the side. Typically, a person feels more self-conscious about one angle than the other. Whether the front view or the side view is an issue, undergoing a rhinoplasty (nose job) at our Dallas, TX center can help.

The team here at Dr. Mark A. Deuber’s practice would like to consider what elements from the front view and profile view of the nose affect a person’s appearance. We will then consider surgical techniques that can help correct these cosmetic flaws.

Examining the Frontal View of the Nose

When viewed from the front, a person’s nose might appear crooked, wide, too narrow, or simply more prominent than it should be. These are all legitimate reasons to feel self-conscious.

When examining a patient’s nose from the front, a plastic surgeon will note the path of the nasal bridge to the brow, the width and height of a patient’s face, and the angle of the tip of the nose. The prominence of a patient’s chin may also be taken into account.

Techniques for Improving the Front View of the Nose

When improving the frontal view of a person’s nose, cosmetic surgeons will usually narrow the nasal bridge. This may include adjustments to the middle portion of the nose to remove bumps or changes in shape. The tip of the nose may be adjusted as well. The goal is to maintain a consistent appearance to the nose as a whole, all the way from the top of the bridge to the end of the tip.

Examining the Profile of the Nose

Cosmetic issues not visible from the front may become obvious when a person is viewed from the side. In these cases, the bridge may be shaped in an unappealing manner, curving out rather than remaining straight, with bumps and ridges affecting a smooth, uninterrupted angle.

Plastic surgeons will note the shape of the nasal bridge, the angle of the tip of the nose, and even the position and prominence of the columella, that central strip of skin that separates the nostrils. Once again, the angle and prominence of a person’s chin will also help determine an ideal nasal shape.

Techniques for Improving the Profile of the Nose

When correcting issues with the nose viewed in profile, cosmetic surgeons will usually remove cartilage from the bridge of the nose to help sculpt a smooth, straight, uninterrupted angle from top to bottom. Cartilage may also be removed from the tip of the nose to adjust its angle. A slight upward twist to the tip of the nose tends to be ideal, and sutures may be used to help achieve such an effect.

Developing a Treatment Plan Just for You

Each patient’s needs are different, which is why it’s important for us to meet with you in person for a consultation. During this process, we can view your nose from different angles and address the cosmetic flaws accordingly. This will also give you an opportunity to discuss your concerns so we can better meet your needs.

Learn More about Rhinoplasty

If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty and how it can enhance the overall look of your face, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Deuber and his team will provide you with all the information you need to make good choices about your surgical options.


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