20th Jun 2024

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Rhinoplasty and nose shapes

No two noses are the same, and they come in a wide range of sizes and forms. If you are displeased with the aesthetic of your nose, you may want to consider rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery.

When you begin researching rhinoplasty surgery, you may notice characteristics of the nose that will assist you in deciding how you want your new nose to appear. A female or male shaped nose can be different. This often depends on the facial structure of a man or woman and overall symmetry. An accomplished and specialist plastic surgoen will be able to guide you on the best options. At Kensington Medical our team of plastic surgoens have decades of experience in creating the right nose shapes for your face. Read on to find out more. 

There are a variety of nose shapes and factors for why someone would want to get a rhinoplasty. Feeling attractive can often be as simple as changing your nose shape through nose reshaping. 

Reasons why someone would choose a rhinoplasty


Rhinoplasty is still one of the more popular cosmetic operations among men and women. Many people choose this treatment for aesthetic purposes, they want an attractive or beautiful nose that will look appropriate to the shape of their face. A nose job can also help in addressing medical conditions.

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Rhinoplasty surgery can assist to treat or rectify a variety of medical issues, including:

  • Damage to the bridge of the nose or the internal structures of the nose
  • Infections of the sinuses
  • Breathing problems caused by a damaged or crooked nose
  • Mild disruptive sleep apnea
  • A deviated septum

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that reshapes the nose length, tip form, straightness, position, and height of the nasal bridge to enhance the overall facial appearance. Corrective nose surgery can have a significant impact on your facial harmony and balance because the nose is such a prominent feature of your face.

Nose surgery, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons, can improve your quality of life. You may find that your social confidence soars with a more proportioned, reshaped nose – and that you no longer fear the camera whenever anyone takes a photo of your side profile, or when you take a selfie.

What types of nose shapes are there?

Someone who wishes to change the appearance of their nose but doesn't have breathing or functional issues would want to have a cosmetic nose surgery procedure. There are many different types of nose shapes and even several subcategories. The following are the subcategories:

Strictly functional Septoplasty  is a type of rhinoplasty that focuses solely on nasal breathing problems. While breathing problems can be complicated, surgery may be all that is required in some cases. The following are the most frequent concerns that can be addressed during a rhinoplasty treatment.

  • Deviated Septum
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Nasal Valve Collapse

Nose shapes that can be changed with the help of a rhinoplasty

Nasal bridge: wide or flat

  • A wide nose can be reduced by narrowing the upper portion of the bone and/or the mid and bottom portions of the cartilage creating a slimmed down nose. When the nasal bridge is too wide and flat, it may need to be augmented with cartilage or artificial material to make it more elegant. The nasal shapes of different ethnic groups are distinctive. In some East Asian individuals, nasal bridge augmentation is common.

Nasal tip: large and bulbous

  • By straightening the tip cartilages and producing a more attractive, triangular shape, rhinoplasty can help fix a prominent bulbous nasal tip. The amount of tip reduction that is feasible is proportional to the thickness of the skin. Certain ethnic groups have thicker skin, limiting the amount of tip definition which can be achieved.

Nose Size: Large or long

  • Overall, noses might appear large, long, or both. A wide or broad nose can be unappealing because it interrupts the facial structure's equilibrium. Complex rhinoplasty techniques are required to minimise the length or projection.

Nose shape: crooked

  • A deviation of the septum, the compartment that segregates the right and left nasal passages, can cause a crooked nose. Of all the flaws in the nose, it is this one that is most difficult to totally fix.

Nose-Bridge Bump or Prominent Nasal Hump

  • The most common cause for a patient seeking surgical improvement in the look of their nose is a nasal hump, and of all the issues that people are worried about, this is perhaps the easiest to address.


If you are looking to change the shape of your nose for cosmetic reasons for example a smaller nose, slimmed down nose or a straight nose or for medical reasons such as improving your breathing, get in touch. Our expert nose surgeons can discuss the best options for you. If you want to find out more about the different types of rhinoplasty such as preservation rhinoplasty, ultrasonic rhinoplasty, rhino tip, and open or closed nose surgery, click here.

To find out which nose operation is best for you call 0204 551 4892 to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist registered plastics surgeons or fill in the contact form.

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