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Why Men Consider a Nose Job

While many think that only women pursue rhinoplasty, the truth is quite the opposite. Many men seek out a nose job for reasons just as varied as women’s. While men usually can get by with features that are a bit more rugged than a female’s often rhinoplasty is exactly what a man needs to set of his features nicely or to breathe easier.

Rhinoplasty for Cosmetic Reasons

Women certainly do not hold a monopoly on rhinoplasty. Men seek out the procedure for the same humps, bumps and breaks that women do. Men seeking smaller noses or noses with more definition are frequent patients of the surgery as are those looking to narrow their nose or clip off a bit of spare cartilage to define the shape of the nose more effectively.

While men often don’t have the dramatic differences that women can claim after a rhinoplasty procedure, there are usually subtle differences that have a large impact on a man’s face. Men should have noses that are much larger than women’s as they have a larger face and frame. Therefore creating a small nose on a man or one that is too pointed or narrow appears decidedly feminine. Shaving off a hump or resetting a crooked nose is a common procedure, however, that can redefine a man’s face.

Rhinoplasty and Medical Rationale

While there is a bit of cosmetic surgery in every rhinoplasty procedure, some men seek out the procedure for medical reasons. Rhinoplasty combined with septoplasty can correct a deviated septum and create a more balanced and symmetrical nose at the same time. A deviated septum makes it difficult for men to breathe through their noses and can lead to sinus troubles as well.

Other medical rationales behind rhinoplasty include surgeries that occur after a nose is broken. Accidents and sports injuries can lead to noses that are crooked, humped or off-center and through rhinoplasty, patients are able to recreate their original nose following injury.


Fixing a Deviated Septum in Childhood

A deviated septum is not a medical condition that exists solely for adults. The deviated septum is a condition that affects many children from birth or from the time they experience their first childhood accident with a broken or injured nose. For young children, however, the decision to correct a deviated septum is not always an easy one for parents to make. The surgery requires an invasive procedure as well as a lengthy recovery process. For many children, correcting the deviated septum isn’t entirely necessary or practical.

The Dangers of a Deviated Septum

A deviated septum is a condition where the wall inside the nose that separates the nostrils isn’t entirely straight. It can be bent to one side so much that it blocks an entire nostril making it hard to breathe at times or encouraging sinus infections and congestion.

Many babies and children who suffer from a deviated septum are mouth breathers. It is for this reason that the deviated septum isn’t considered a life threatening condition. There are normally many different ways that children and adults can compensate for the deviated septum and for many, there are few – if any – frustrating symptoms other than the occasional stuffiness.

Waiting to Correct a Deviated Septum

Parents who elect to wait to correct a deviated septum often do so to give the children a choice. As the body grows, the nose grows as well and with this growth, it’s hard to predict what will happen to the nose and the membrane inside it. Most doctors prefer to wait to operate on the nose until it stops growing in the mid to late teen years, and at that point the young patients have a greater voice in the procedure and the recovery.

Some may opt to allow the deviated septum to stay as it is while others may choose to enjoy the procedure so that they can also enjoy a nose job and a new look. This is especially true if the deviated septum stems from an injury as a child that left the nose crooked or with a hump where the bones did not heal together ideally.

Rhinoplasty and Facial Changes

While rhinoplasty makes changes only to the nose, it’s impressive the amount of change the shape of the nose can have on the entire face. Often, a rhinoplasty procedure makes the nose smaller, more symmetrical and can fix bumps and unusual shapes through surgery. While the rest of the face remains unchanged, it is often perceived differently after surgery.

Facial Symmetry

The face is not symmetrical on any patient. Only dolls have perfectly symmetrical faces and understanding how the dimensions of the face can change from one side to the other helps explain why a face may appear unbalanced or crooked. Since facial symmetry is highly correlated to the way we perceive beauty, the face that has a crooked nose isn’t normally considered to be beautiful in the traditional sense.

Normally these faces are considered unusual or unconventional. By making the nose straight and no longer crooked, it evens out facial symmetry and this makes the face more attractive overall.

Child-Like Features

When researches compiled the most attractive woman in the world, they discovered that beauty is often found in childlike features. Large, round eyes and a small pert nose are cited as two of the most remarkable features along with a small chin and forehead. While it’s hard to change the shape of your forehead, rhinoplasty allows patients to achieve a smaller, more pert nose.

Rhinoplasty that reduces the size of the nose brings into better proportions with the rest of the face. Once a prominent nose is reduced, the beauty of the actual patient is able to be showcased.

Understanding how the rhinoplasty affects not just the nose but the entire face is critical for patients as otherwise they may find themselves surprised when they look into the mirror for the first time following surgery.

Rhinoplasty v. Septoplasty

Often used interchangeably, there are actually several differences between rhinoplasty and septoplasty. The two procedures can be combined, and this is frequent in the world of cosmetic procedures, but what makes one procedure so much more distinct than the other?


Septoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to repair a deviated septum. The deviated septum is the bent membrane between the two nostrils. When the membrane makes it challenging to breathe through the nose or causes medical problems like headaches and sinus infections, septoplasty can alleviate suffering.

In the procedure, the surgeon peels back part of the skin covering the nose and works inside the nasal cavities to straighten the membrane. This may involve cutting, shaving or even breaking the nose to straighten it out from the inside. While patients undergoing septoplasty are often left with a slightly different nasal shape, the purpose of the septoplasty is to modify the shape of the nose from within.


On the other hand, rhinoplasty is designed to reshape the nose from the outside. A true rhinoplasty procedure does not involve cutting or changing the shape of the septum between the nostrils, but instead focuses on the procedure required to change the overall shape of the nose. This could require trimming off cartilage and bone that creates the shape of the nose or it may require breaking the nose and repositioning the bones and tissues to make a more desirable shape.

In a rhinoplasty procedure, the shape of the nose will absolutely be changed as it is a cosmetic procedure with this express purpose. If the patient is seeking a change to the inside of the nose as well as the shape of the nose, a combined procedure may very well be an option as well.



Jennifer Aniston and a Deviated Septum

Jennifer Aniston recently revealed her new and improved nose to her adoring fans. While most celebrity watchers identified the changes to her nose’s shape as rhinoplasty, Jennifer has gone on the record as stating that her first surgery was not actually entirely cosmetic in nature, but rather a procedure to correct a deviated septum. The same cannot be said for the second rhinoplasty procedure.

Jennifer Aniston had plastic surgery twelve years ago as a procedure to correct a deviated septum. The issues were obvious in her facial features with her nose being offcenter and slightly bulbous. Once she had that deviated septum repaired, we were pleased with her new nose. It was straighter than the old version and it was a bit narrower, too. Since Jennifer is famous for her girl-next-door good looks, it looked as though she was done with the various surgery procedures.

Jennifer Aniston Revision Rhinoplasty

It turns out that Jenn wasn’t quite as pleased with her looks as we might have assumed. She is among the fifteen percent of rhinoplasty patients who went on to pursue additional rhinoplasty procedures to correct issues remaining from the first. While it’s unknown if she still had any symptoms of a deviated septum, we do know that she opted to shave down the bridge of her nose even more to make it even more narrow, defined and even turned up a bit at the end.

Jennifer Aniston’s rhinoplasty procedures have been stunning both times she’s gone under the knife and we couldn’t be more impressed with the end results.

We just hope that Jenn realizes that her new nose is as perfect as it will probably ever get and there is absolutely no need to make any additional adjustments. It would be devastating if Jenn became addicted to plastic surgery as so many other stars have – using it not to enhance her good looks, but to create an unrealistic depiction of themselves.

Is a Deviated Septum Visible?

A common reason for rhinoplasty, a deviated septum is a medical condition inside of the nose. The septum is the wall of cartilage that separates the two nostrils from one another. If the membrane leans to one side or the other or is bent over completely, the resulting condition is called a deviated septum.

Degrees of Deviated Septum
There are various degrees of a deviated septum. The least problematic problem is the septum that is only slightly off center. The ideal situation is when the septum, or wall, is perfectly straight allowing air and mucus to move through the nose correctly. As the septum shifts further away from this ideal, the greater the degree of the problem. A very off center septum can cause numerous health concerns including persistent sinus infections and difficulty breathing.

The Visible Deviated Septum

Most degrees of a deviated septum are not at all visible to the casual observer. Of course a doctor can see the difference when they look up into the nose through the nostrils. A deviated septum of a middle or severe degree may be visible to others if they choose to look straight up the nose with a light. But the only type of visible problem with a deviated septum is if the nose itself is actually broken previously or otherwise misshapen.

A nose that is bent or humped from a previous injury or birth defect will be obvious to others. It is for this reason that so many patients considering septoplasty to straighten out the membrane between the two nostrils also consider rhinoplasty to reshape the nose as well during the process – in essence fixing the nose both inside and out.


Rhinoplasty and Men

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is suitable for both men and women, but there are often different expectations for men when it comes to rhinoplasty than women. While woman often seek a small, refined nose, men should take into consideration the planes of their face before deciding which sort of nose revision makes sense for them. For most men, a small, straight nose would look out of place on masculine features.

The Male Rhinoplasty

An experienced surgeon will speak with a patient prior to surgery and address some of the concerns and issues that are decidedly male when it comes to cosmetic surgery, While facial hair is not a consideration for rhinoplasty as it can be for facelift procedures, the shape of the nose and the shape of the face must still match.

For many men, a perfectly shaped nose would look out of place on a face with more rugged characteristics like a chiseled jaw and whiskers. Instead of seeking a nose more suitable for a teenage boy, the male patient should discuss the possibly of simply refining the nose to remove a hump, shorten the tip or narrow a nose that is considered wide.

Changing a Man’s Nose

By making only a small change to the shape of the nose rather than dramatically repositioning bones or removing cartilage, the patient’s face is made more symmetrical and balanced without anything overly dramatic changing. For men, small, subtle changes are generally considered best because the smaller changes are more naturally and heal more quickly.

This makes it possible for the man to enjoy his lifestyle and career with a refreshed appearance – not a dramatic transformation. If it turns out that the smaller changes were not enough to make the desired impact, a revision rhinoplasty can help to continue defining the nose through small changes better suited to tweaking a man’s face and lifestyle.


Deviated Septum and Rhinoplasty

For many patients, a deviated septum is the catalyst that finally spurs them on to seek out rhinoplasty as well as septoplasty, or the surgery to repair a deviated septum. In rhinoplasty, the deviated septum can be repaired and then additional modifications can be made to create symmetry and balance on the outside of the nose as well as inside it.

The deviated septum may be caused by a broken nose in the past, and if this is the case, rhinoplasty can help to fix or resolve any of the humps or bumps left behind by the break. If the deviated septum is simply a remnant of childhood and is not visible on the outside of the nose, the patient has the option of how much revision to consider for resolving the appearance of the nose.

With rhinoplasty, patients usually opt for small changes in order to make a big impact on the face without dramatically changing the facial shape or structure. Often with rhinoplasty, small changes are all that are necessary to improve facial symmetry. And, of course, since the rhinoplasty includes a septoplasty to correct the deviated septum inside the nasal cavities, the patient is able to enjoy the results of the procedure with a nose that is attractive from the inside and out.

One additional consideration for a septoplasty and rhinoplasty together is the reduced cost since insurance usually covers the portion of the surgery used to repair the deviated septum at least. This won’t cover all of the costs of a rhinoplasty, but it does help to offset some of the costs of the procedure. All told, the procedure is usually more affordable than patients initially realize as many costs are covered by insurance that wouldn’t have been if the patient opted solely for the rhinoplasty procedure separately.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Expectations

For patients seeking rhinoplasty, one of the primary concerns is the amount of time required to recover from the procedure. The time requires depends primarily on whether or not the nose was broken during the surgery. A rhinoplasty procedure that simply clips cartilage is going to have a much shorter recovery period than a procedure that requires breaking the bones of the nose and allowing them to heal in a different arrangement or shape.

The Week of Recovery

In all rhinoplasty procedures, it is the first week that makes the most dramatic difference in the recovery from the surgery. In the first days, the nose will be swollen and painful, and there will be large amounts of packing in place to help the nose hold its new shape. Once the packing is removed, the worst of the pain is over from the surgery and all that remains a brace over the nose to hold its shape and some swelling.

If the nose is broken, there may be bruising as well around the nose and eyes that can last for an additional week before fading completely. After the first few days, the packing is removed and the worst of the swelling is starting to recede. For some patients this is a time to resume normal activities or even return to work so long as the additional bruising and swelling aren’t a problem.

Fully Healed

The nose won’t be fully healed for four to six weeks if bones were broken. It will look and feel healed long before that time period, however, but patients should exercise caution to protect the delicate tissue and bones from impact that may cause additional harm. For most patients, the most obvious time of healing is complete in ten to fourteen days.

Revision Rhinoplasty Options

Rhinoplasty is successful in the vast majority of cases. But, like many forms of cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty is a combination of art and medicine. This means that the surgeon creating the newly shaped nose is able to rely on medicine, but he or she must also allow years of experience and careful artistry to work when creating the new nose.

Rhinoplasty Results

In the operating room, surgeons aren’t always able to determine the outcome of a surgery while the patient is on the table. As the surgery begins to heal, the patient’s nose and face will begin to swell and bruise. The swelling can persist for up to a year in some form although most swelling will be reduced in just a few months.

At that point, the patient is able to see what the final result would be from the surgery. In the vast majority of cases, the patient is satisfied with the newly shaped nose and he or she is pleased. At that point the surgery is complete and the patient’s recovery is complete.

In a small percentage of cases, however, the rhinoplasty procedure is not as successful. The nose may be lopsided or the transformation not as dramatic as the patient intended. For these fifteen percent of patients, a revision rhinoplasty may be necessary to correct any medical problems that have occurred.

For others a follow-up surgery with another rhinoplasty procedure allows the surgeon to make even more subtle changes to the shape of the nose in order to create the final result that the patient has been seeking.

Revision Rhinoplasty Concerns

There are some concerns about revision rhinoplasty, but primarily in regard to the amount of surgical intervention the nose can handle. Removing too much tissue or bone from the nose, there is a risk of collapse or an unnaturally thin or small nose following surgery. Be sure to discuss concerns with a qualified surgery before seeking the procedure.