Rhinoplasty is a surgical cosmetic procedure that helps improve the symmetry and balance of the face by altering the nose. The nose is the central part of the face and can cause feelings of insecurity.  If you have a nose shape that is irregular or deformed, it can be nearly impossible to cover with makeup. There is no one nose shape that benefits best from rhinoplasty, as a rhinoplasty procedure can help many different types of noses.

If you want to know more about how rhinoplasty can help improve your nose shape, we’ve included the six most common nose shapes that rhinoplasty can fix.

Bulbous Tip

If the tip of your nose is large and round, a bulbous tip rhinoplasty can help improve your facial appearance. Your bulbous nose appears enlarged because of weak or poorly defined cartilage and thick skin. This may be a result of genetics, past injury, or aging.

The bulbous tip rhinoplasty procedure can look different depending on your desires, nose, and plastic surgeon. The procedure may include removing the cartilage and adjusting your nose shape for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Your plastic surgeon may also use sutures to restructure your nasal tip.

 The cost of a bulbous tip rhinoplasty varies depending on the complexity of the procedure, but a typical procedure can cost between $7,000 and $15,000. This price would include both anesthesia and operating costs.

Dorsal Hump

A dorsal hump is when there’s a bump or arch where the slope of the nose is typically straight. Irregularities in the cartilage and bone cause this nose shape, but rhinoplasty can correct it. A dorsal hump is typically the result of genetics, but it can also result from a past injury such as a broken nose.

During a dorsal hump rhinoplasty, your rhinoplasty surgeon may reshape and contour the shape of your nose by sanding down or breaking and resetting the deformed cartilage and bone. This is typically done through an open rhinoplasty instead of a closed rhinoplasty. A closed rhinoplasty is less invasive and involved modifying the nose by working underneath the nostrils. 

While the cost of a dorsal hump rhinoplasty may vary by your needs, your plastic surgeon, and the complexity of your procedure, the typical cost is in the range of $5,500-7,500.

Deviated Septum

Unlike other cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures, a deviated septum rhinoplasty is for medical reasons. A deviated septum is when the wall of the nostrils becomes crooked or off-center. Some symptoms you may experience if you have a deviated septum include difficulty breathing, congestion, frequent sinus infections, difficulty sleeping, headaches, and frequent nose bleeds.

There is a special type of rhinoplasty for this nose shape called septoplasty. During the cosmetic procedure, your plastic surgeon will remove the mucosal lining, bones, and cartilage. The surgeon reinserts the septum in the right place and recovers it with the mucosal lining.  

Septoplasty cost will vary based on the complexity of the procedure. However, the typical cost can range from around $3,000 to $6,000. This doesn’t usually include the operating room or prescription costs. However, because correcting a deviated septum is a medical procedure and not a cosmetic procedure, it is often covered by insurance.

Crooked Nose

If your nose isn’t a straight line down your face, you can refer to your nose shape as crooked. Whether the crookedness of your nose is subtle or extreme, a rhinoplasty can help fix the shape, so it becomes more balanced and aesthetically pleasing. A crooked nose can be the result of genetics or past injuries. While a crooked nose and a deviated septum are different, a crooked nose typically has a deviated septum.

A crooked nose rhinoplasty procedure involved straightening your nose by either adding or reducing bone and cartilage. Depending on your specific nose and the extent of its crooked shape, your surgeon may take bone and cartilage from elsewhere in the body or initially remove it. Some procedures involved the breaking and resetting of the nasal bone.

The cost to fix a crooked nose with rhinoplasty will vary, but it often ranges from $6,000 to 15,000. This procedure may qualify as a medical surgery if it also includes a deviated septum. Insurance would then cover this procedure.

Plunging Tip

A plunging tip is when the tip of your nose droops when you smile. Rhinoplasty can fix this nose shape to make the tip of the nose more level, even when smiling. Some people may only experience a plunging tip when they smile, but others have the appearance continuously. A plunging tip is due to tight muscles in the bottom of the nose and upper lip.

During this rhinoplasty procedure, your plastic surgeon will divide the depression septi muscle and anchor it to the cartilage of the cartilage that forms the tip of your nose. This will give it support higher up in the nose and reduce the appearance of a plunging tip.

Tip rhinoplasty can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000. This depends on the complexity of the procedure, your desires, and your plastic surgeon. 

Wide Nose

The shape of your nose may wide if it extends further than the distance between the eyes. A wide nose rhinoplasty can help correct the facial balance disrupted by a wide nose. 

This cosmetic procedure works to narrow your nose by straightening, restructuring, or adjusting the angle. Your plastic surgeon will need to break your nose into smaller pieces so they can move them around to narrow the nose. 

The cost of your wide nose rhinoplasty may vary depending on your procedure. However, a typical cost range spans from around $4,500 to $9,000. 

If you have any of the above nose shapes and aren’t happy with your appearance, a rhinoplasty procedure can help improve your facial balance and confidence.  Schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to determine the best procedure for your cosmetic desires and the related costs.

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