Rhinoplasty surgery is not just for women. Many men find that a male rhinoplasty operation can improve their facial appearance dramatically, and surgeons are continuously refining the surgical techniques to enable men to look the way they want. The techniques for male rhinoplasty must be specially adapted for the bone and cartilage architecture of the male nose. The reason for this lies in the fact that what looks good for a man and what looks good for a woman are different.
The average angle between a person’s nose is 90 to 120 degrees, but this differs between men and women. Women generally look better with a larger angle, while men usually prefer a smaller one. This is true also of the angle between the nose and the forehead. Men have more pronounced and lower brows, and this has to be taken into consideration as well.
The most important thing for a person’s nose, no matter whether they are male or female, is to be in harmony with the rest of their face. This balance is the key aspect which determines a successful outcome.
Many men find themselves getting a male rhinoplasty less often for nose actual shaping and more to tackle undesirable features of their nose. Some don’t like their noses because they are just too big. This is a common problem. A large nose may draw attention away from other facial features. The nose tends to dominate the face so that people looking at you don’t see other features like the eyes, mouth or cheekbones.
The most common reason for male rhinoplasty is to reduce the size of the nose, although that is not the only thing that a male rhinoplasty can achieve.
There are other reasons to consult with a surgeon besides an unduly large nose, including:
- Drooping: a drooping nose can affect your side profile, as well as contribute to a drooped facial appearance
- Tip: some men have a tip that points upward, which is generally considered to be an undesirable facial feature
- Bump: at Centre For Surgery, we refer to this as a dorsal bump. The dorsal bump is most visible in profile, but can often lead to people feeling uncomfortable
- Airflow problems: sometimes the shape of your nose can impact your breathing and airflow. This can sometimes be caused by a deformity of the nose. Undergoing a rhinoplasty can tackle this problem.
- Trauma: cosmetic medical attention is often sought to straighten a nose after a trauma. Traumatic incidents can significantly affect the delicate structure of the nose and this can be difficult to correct. Centre for Surgery has special expertise in performing male rhinoplasty after trauma for the most pleasing aesthetic results.
Am I a good candidate for male rhinoplasty?
A male rhinoplasty is suitable for any male who feels their nose is too bulbous, large, or wants to correct the shape. This is also a suitable option for those who have previously had an injury which changed the shape or size of the nose. Male rhinoplasty is suitable for those who have airflow problems that they are wishing to correct.
Candidates will need to be in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations of what the rhinoplasty procedure is able to achieve.
What happens during the procedure?
Prior to having a male rhinoplasty, you will have to undertake a consultation with a surgeon at Centre for Surgery.
The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the male rhinoplasty procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
Your male rhinoplasty surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the male rhinoplasty procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
A male rhinoplasty surgeon can be either from a plastic surgery, ENT surgery or maxillofacial surgery background. All three specialities are fully trained to perform male rhinoplasty.
There are three types of male rhinoplasty surgeries:
What is the recovery period like?
After a male rhinoplasty, it is common to experience bruising and swelling, particularly around the nose and lower eyelids.
To help speed up the recovery process, you will need to keep your nose elevated. This includes while you sleep – make sure you sleep on numerous pillows and avoid sleeping on your face and your side. Centre for Surgery recommends applying ice to your nose for the first 48 hours to help alleviate swelling and bruising.
- Avoid bending and heavy lifting
- Avoid bumping the nose
- Avoid gym activities for two weeks
- Avoid showering – take a bath instead
- Avoid blowing your nose
- Avoid hard-to-chew foods for the first week or two
- Avoid glasses for six weeks after surgery
- Avoid excessive smiling or laughing
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid high sun exposure in the first several months following the surgery as the skin on the nose will be prone to sunburn
- Sleep promotes healing so take naps when you need to