Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that corrects the shape of the nose to improve facial balance and symmetry. Common nose shapes that rhinoplasty can treat include a bulbous tip, wide nose, and dorsal hump. If you’re considering rhinoplasty for one of these nose shapes but aren’t sure if you’re right for the procedure, this article will help you determine if you’re an ideal patient.

Factors That Determine If You’re an Ideal Rhinoplasty Candidate

While a vast majority of people who want a rhinoplasty are eligible, some factors may prevent you from getting this procedure. Below we look at each significant factor that either supports or opposes your desire to get a rhinoplasty.


The best candidate for rhinoplasty is an adult, typically above the age of 18. This has less to do with the actual age of a patient and more to do with body development. Growth in children and teens also applies to the face. If you’re younger than 18, your nose is still growing and will change in appearance over time. If you get a nose job during this time, it could result in face abnormalities.

It’s also important to be at the right maturity level for a rhinoplasty, which is often above most teens. After the procedure, you’ll need to follow aftercare instructions and be patient through recovery. Adults may be better equipped to handle an invasive cosmetic treatment like rhinoplasty.

Cosmetic Desires

Like any cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty is unique in what it can and can’t treat. You’ll want to evaluate your cosmetic desires to see if they are reasonable for a rhinoplasty procedure. If you want to restructure and change your nose completely, you may be overestimating a rhinoplasty’s capability.

However, there are common nose shapes that rhinoplasty can improve. If you want to correct any of the below nose shapes, you’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

Bulbous Tip

A bulbous tip refers to an enlarged or round tip of the nose. This nose shape is typically caused by poorly defined cartilage or thick skin. During a bulbous tip rhinoplasty, your plastic surgeon will remove cartilage for a smaller nasal tip and reshape what’s left. 

Dorsal Hump

A dorsal hump is an arch or bump on the bridge of the nose due to cartilage irregularities. Your rhinoplasty surgeon will sand down your nose to create a straight bridge or break and reset it.

Crooked Nose

A crooked nose is, as it sounds, a nose that doesn’t appear straight. This could be due to genetics, but injuries are also a common cause of this nose shape. Rhinoplasty can correct a crooked nose by adding or removing cartilage and bone.

Plunging Tip

A plunging tip refers to a nose that droops when you smile, although it could be visible at rest too. This results from tight muscles around the nose and lips which rhinoplasty can treat. Your plastic surgeon will work with the muscle in your nose to anchor it to the cartilage for a more prominent point.

Wide Nose

This nose shape refers to a nose that extends further than the distance between the eyes. Wide nose rhinoplasty involves narrowing the nose through breaking and restructuring.


Being physically healthy is a key factor in determining if you should get a rhinoplasty. Some health conditions make rhinoplasty especially risky. These include: 

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Lung disease
  • Heart disease
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Pregnant 

If you don’t have any of the above conditions or any other serious health complications, you are safe to get a rhinoplasty. However, it’s best to talk with your plastic surgeon to determine if your medical condition could complicate your rhinoplasty.

Functional Problems

While rhinoplasty is most commonly seen as a cosmetic procedure, a good candidate may also want it for medical reasons. If you have breathing problems, cleft lip, or a deviated septum, a rhinoplasty can help ease your discomfort. 

For example, a deviated septum can cause congestion, nosebleeds, snoring, and other complications. This type of Rhinoplasty, also called septoplasty, relieves symptoms by centering the wall between the nostrils. 


While this factor is more technical than the rest, cost also determines whether or not you’re a good candidate. An ideal patient is one that can afford the cosmetic procedure. If you’re getting a nose job for medical reasons, you might be able to cover the treatment with insurance. However, insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures, so you need to pay for it yourself.

A typical rhinoplasty cost in Tampa, FL, can range from $1,000 to $8,000. The price varies based on the complexity of your procedure.

Next Steps For Good Rhinoplasty Candidates

If you’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty, you may be wondering about the next steps. You should begin with research to find an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. A good plastic surgeon is double-board certified with experience performing your specific rhinoplasty procedure. Once you find a few plastic surgeons that look good, you should schedule a consultation with each one. Ask specific questions to better understand their expertise as it relates to rhinoplasty. 

Dr. Dominic is a double-board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing rhinoplasty procedures. During his free consultations, he’ll help create a unique plan for your nose, so you get the exact results you desire. To talk with Dr. Dominic about your rhinoplasty and whether you’re a good candidate, call Elite Facial Plastic Surgery at (813) 547-6992.

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