Male rhinoplasty surgery can change the appearance of your nose by operating on its various components, such as the nasal bones, nasal cartilages, and skin. It can help to reshape your nose to complement your masculine features and improve facial symmetry, and also allows Dr Turner to correct any structural defects in the nose to improve breathing.
The goal with male rhinoplasty surgery is to enhance the appearance of the nose, not radically alter it by respecting your unique masculine anatomy. Dr Turner is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney who specializes in both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty surgery.
Differences Between a Rhinoplasty for Men and Women
While women generally prefer a petite nose with upward rotation at the tip, slim nasal bridge and small nostrils to balance and soften their facial features, this approach is not acceptable in male patients.
The male nose has a number of unique anatomical characteristics which must be taken into consideration when selecting the appropriate surgical strategy.
Men have a longer, straighter and wider nasal bridge than the female nose. There is also less concavity at the nasal radix – part of the nose between the eyes, with a wider bony nasal base. This complements the stronger, angular and more masculine facial features compared to women.
Men have a nasal tip that is broader and more rounded, then the feminine nasal tip in women. Also the nasal tip projects further from the face in men and the angle between the upper lip and nose is squarer – ideally between 90 to 95 degree compared to the more elevated and rotated tip in women (95 to 105 degrees), which gives a longer appearance to the nose.
Due to the increased projection of the nose and broader tip this gives the nostrils a more elongated and visible appearance. However one of the most significant differences between men and women is the skin thickness, especially in the tip and supratip area. The much thicker and glandular skin type in men limits the amount of changes that can be achieved in male rhinoplasty surgery.
Are you suitable for a Male Rhinoplasty?
The best candidates for male rhinoplasty surgery are men who are unhappy with the appearance of their face and neck region.
- Are at least 16 years old and finished facial growth
- Are medically and psychologically healthy
- Do not smoke or vape
- Do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol
- Are seeking rhinoplasty for personal reasons, not pressure from others
- Have realistic goals for the procedure and its recovery process
Benefits of a Male Rhinoplasty
- Improves your overall facial aesthetic
- Remove a hump on the bridge of the nose
- Reshape a bulbous nasal tip
- Straighten a crooked or broken nose due to trauma
- Correct deviated septum and alleviate breathing concerns
- Increasing or decreasing the size of the nose
Male Rhinoplasty Surgery
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed in a fully accredited private hospital with the assistance of a qualified anaesthetist. Most nose procedures require general anaesthesia and take 2 to 3 hours to perform and patients are fine to go home the same day.
The fundamentals of rhinoplasty surgery are the same whether Dr Turner is operating on a male or female patient, the incisions placement, cartilage modification, functional and structural considerations. What is different is the aesthetic perspective that is required to accurately perform a male rhinoplasty surgery that preserves the masculine nose.
Recovery after Male Rhinoplasty
Recovery before you can resume normal day to day activities is only 1 to 2 weeks depending on the complexity of your rhinoplasty surgery, and the majority of men can resume exercise and sporting activities in 6 to 8 weeks.
While initial recovery is quick, the final result for your new nose after rhinoplasty surgery can be well over 1 year in male patients. Due to the thicker, more glandular and oily nasal skin on male patients, you will slowly notice the changes in the nasal contour over the first year before the final shape is revealed.
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Risks of a Male Rhinoplasty
As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with Male Rhinoplasty surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.
It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.
General risks of surgery
- Wound infection
- Bleeding or haematoma
- Abnormal scarring
- Allergies or reactions to medications, sutures or topical treatments
- Delayed healing
- Chronic pain & numbness
Specific Risks of Rhinoplasty Surgery
- Prolonged visible swelling that may last for weeks & sometimes months
- Loss of structural support and collapse of the nasal airways during breathing
- Perforation of the nasal septum
- Nasal breathing alterations
- Reduced sense of smell
- Reddening of the nasal skin
- Bending or movement of a cartilage graft away from its ideal position
- Deviation of the nose or septum
- Revision surgery, some patients may need a further procedure to further improve the outcome.
The information provided is for general purposes only, it is not intended to replace a professional consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Invasive procedures carry inherent risks and potential complications which will be discussed in detail. Results vary and should be used only as a guide as every client is unique, which is why a second opinion is advisable.