Everything you need to know if you want a slimmer nose
Plenty of Asians consider their noses wide, flat or even bulbous, and end up trying to change the shape of their noses through means such as corrective nasal surgery. Dr Chia Hui Ling, the female Consultant Plastic Surgeon from the distinguished SW1 Clinic in Paragon Medical Centre specializes in nasal enhancement surgeries, and discusses the best way to correct the shape of your nose, adding that the optimal results are ones that complement your existing features.
1. Making the Bridge Slimmer
Asians tend to have noses with a wider and flatter bridge (otherwise known as the dorsum), and there are 2 ways to create the illusion of a smaller, slimmer nose. One way is to raise the bridge, as a higher bridge will make the overall shape of the bridge seem slimmer. This is seen frequently in Asian rhinoplasty, as this procedure is the one many opt for. The next way is to do an osteotomy, a surgery on both side of the nasal bones to make the base of the nose smaller.
Most of the time, an implant is enough for anyone seeking to have a higher and slimmer nose bridge, and an osteotomy might be considered only in more serious cases. Dr Chia suggests that patients customize nasal implants to make sure that the optimal outcome is achieved for each person.
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Other ways of making the nose bridge seem slimmer includes nose fillers, fat grafting, or nasal thread lifts. While these procedures have significantly less downtime, their effects are less prominent and more short-term than surgical methods.
2. Smoothing the Hump
Having a hump on your nose bridge can make you nose seem bigger, so shaving it down will make your nose look smaller. While the procedure to shave down the cartilage or bony hump might sound like a significant surgery, the truth is that it is a simple procedure that can be done through your nostrils with no risk of visible scarring. The time needed for any major recovery is usually limited to a week, and your nose bridge might swell moderately after that, and in approximately three months you’ll be able to see the full results.
Once again, fat grafting and fillers are useful for hiding the hump on your nose bridge by smoothening it out. However, these procedures do not actually reduce the size of the hump, and instead simply makes your nose bridge seem higher than before. Furthermore, its effects do not last forever.
3. Refining the Tip
Some people have bulbous nose tips either because of a wide cartilage structure inside their nose, or because of thick skin. According to Dr Chia, you can restructure tip cartilages through tip-plasty to refine and slim them, and thin the initially thick and ‘sebaceous’ nose skin. A popular approach to Asian rhinoplasty is to raise the nose bridge with a personalized implant, and undergo tip-plasty using cartilage from your body.
As the ultimate aim of refining your nose tip is typically to reduce its size, fillers and fat grafting are of limited use, as they only increase volumes. Nose threads might be useful to shape the nose tip, but definitely aren’t as effective as surgical options.
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4. Making the Base Smaller
Asians tend to have alar wings that are more spread out and thicker than others. To reduce the prominence and size of the base of your nose, alar reduction surgery is essential. Any scars or marks left from this surgery along the nasal side creases are barely noticeable after a couple of months.
There aren’t any non-surgical options to make the base of your nose smaller.