People with an overly long or droopy nose have had to endure a variety of descriptions for their noses, ranging from “aquiline” to “Pinocchio” to “parrot beak.” As colorful (and well-meaning) as these descriptors might be, the truth is that such people may desire a nose that does not entirely dominate their features. Furthermore, an overly long or droopy nose may cause functional problems with breathing. Dr. Vincent Marin recommends that these patients consider the benefits of a rhinoplasty (nose job) cosmetic procedure to reduce the nose’s length, bringing it into better alignment with the rest of the facial features.
Definition of an Overly Long Nose
A nose in proper proportion to the rest of the face is slightly turned up at the tip. The lower part of the nose creates an angle with the upper lip that is barely more than 90 degrees. Patients with overly long noses may have a tip that droops, which will make an angle of fewer than 90 degrees between the nasal tip and the upper lip. In some cases, the nose may be so long that the tip curves over. An overly long nose can be the result of genetics or a traumatic injury to the nose.
In a rhinoplasty procedure, tiny incisions are made on the inside of the nose. The skin is then lifted up. Bone and cartilage are removed or reshaped to achieve the desired look. The skin is then draped back over the nasal structure, and the incisions are closed up. Because most incisions are placed on the inside of the nose, they will be almost invisible.
When performing rhinoplasty for an overly long nose, particularly with a tip that droops, it is essential to shore up the nasal tip’s cartilage. This may involve harvesting cartilage from behind the ear, where it will not be noticeable. If the nasal tip is not adequately supported, it may eventually droop again, requiring a second corrective surgery.
Side Effects and Risks from Rhinoplasty
The two most prominent side effects of rhinoplasty are bruising and swelling. The latter, in particular, may cause temporary difficulty in breathing. Dr. Marin suggests that patients keep their head elevated, use cold compresses, tape the nose, and take the herb Arnica montana to reduce the effects of bruising and swelling. These should begin to subside within one to two weeks following surgery.
Two of the most significant risks from rhinoplasty are the infection and a change or loss of the nose’s sensation, particularly at the tip. Dr. Marin prescribes antibiotics to his patients, which will cut down on the infection risk if taken as directed. Fortunately, any change or loss of sensation for the nose is almost always temporary, usually subsiding within a few months after surgery.
An overly long nose can throw off the balance of facial features and cause problems with breathing. Dr. Marin can help patients get a new nose that will perfectly fit their features. Contact us today!
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.