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Rhinoplasty for an Overprojected Nose

By Dr. Suzanne Yee on July 23, 2018


Types of nasal contour problemsIf you have an issue with the shape, size, and overall appearance of your nose, a rhinoplasty (nose job) may be an ideal option. Even a subtle adjustment to the nose can make a major difference. We’ve helped countless patients in the Little Rock, AR with a carefully performed rhinoplasty.

Some patients undergo rhinoplasty because they have a nose that’s long or overprojected. Let’s take a moment to consider what an overprojected nose is and what can be done to treat it.

Features of a Long/Overprojected Nose

An overprotected nose is a nose that looks longer when a person is viewed in profile. Generally, this is the result of three different factors that are sometimes paired together:

  • An Overprojected Nasal Tip - If the tip of the nose sticks out too far, it can lead your nose to look too large or too long.
  • Angle of the Nasal Tip - The angle of the tip of the nose is also an important consideration. A straight or downturned angle can make the nose appear longer or projected in an unappealing fashion.
  • A Curved Nasal Bridge - The bridge of the nose may have a curve or a bump that alters the entire appearance of the nose when seen in profile.

Problems Caused by an Overprojected Nose

If you have an overprotected nose, you might feel self-conscious about your appearance, even around people you have known for years. This can have an impact on your self-esteem and the way to interact with others in public.

On top of all this, it’s important to consider how the appearance of your nose affects overall facial appearance and symmetry. A long and overprojected nose can cause other facial features to lose prominence, throwing off overall balance of your face and impacting the perception of your appearance.

How Rhinoplasty Can Help

A rhinoplasty can help address issues that affect the tip of the nose as well as the nasal bridge. During the surgery, the angle and shape of the tip can be altered to help reduce the appearance of an elongated or overprojected nose. In addition, the bridge of the nose can be straightened to prevent a heightened sense of projection when you are viewed in profile.

Surgical Techniques to Correct an Overprojected Nose

When treating the tip of the nose, excess tissue can be removed during surgery and sutures can be placed to alter the angle of the nose. For the nasal bridge, a plastic surgeon can remove excess tissue to help smooth out bumps and straighten the overall contour of the nose.

A rhinoplasty can be performed as an open surgery or a closed surgery.

  • Open Rhinoplasty - During an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made along the columella, the thin strip of skin that separates the two nostrils. Surgeons can access all of the structures of the nose through this incision.
  • Closed Rhinoplasty - During a closed rhinoplasty, all of the incisions are concealed inside of the nostrils, meaning that there are no external incisions whatsoever on the nose itself.

Open rhinoplasty tends to give surgeons more control over the tissues of the nose. The ideal approach to your surgery can be discussed during the consultation process.

The Results of Rhinoplasty

Thanks to a rhinoplasty, a person’s nose can be greatly improved in terms of its overall appearance. The angle can be improved, as can the curvature of the bridge. Even if an open rhinoplasty is performed, the incision is difficult to notice and scarring is minimal and well hidden.

Contact Dr. Suzanne Yee

For more information about treating an elongated or overprotected nose, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in much greater detail.

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