The Nose

The nose is often at the origin of a complex, which the person has regarded as an embarrassment since adolescence. Patients speaking in ‘Philosophie de la chirurgie esthétique’ confirm this*

Chirurgie esthétique

Maïté, aged 32 says :

« People often called me Cyrano. For foreigners who enquired about my nationality, the reaction was ‘Ah, you’re French – that explains the nose!’ I could never see the connection, but the die had been cast and on each occasion I felt helpless with pangs of shame and anger in my heart. For years I tried with difficulty to hide the nose which so weighed upon me at school, with my friends and among my relations. I had this technique to avoid showing my profile, to ensure that those to whom I spoke saw me only face-on.

The case of Ismaël, aged 23 :

« Ever since I was small I have had a complex about my nose: because I am of African descent, I have flatter and wider nostrils than my European friends. It’s not because I’m not proud of what I am, but I have immediately felt different and developed an  inferiority complex which has been with me for years. Up until now, whenever I speak to anyone, I do it from profile. At my age I should be going out and meeting people, but for me, the fewer I see, the better it is.

Successful Rhinoplasty

Successful Rhinoplasty means the construction of a well balanced nose together with the removal of a psychological trauma: together they lead to a much improved self-image.

  • The nose is composed of two parts, the bone and the cartilage
  • The bony part looks like a sort of awning made of bones which constitute the nose
  • The cartilaginous part contributes to two structures, one which is a continuation of the bony awning (the triangular cartilage), and the other, which forms the tip of the nose
  • This overall structure is supported by the septum, which separates the two nasal passages (nostrils).

Long nose

The tip of the nose gives the impression of length. The size of the cartilaginous parts needs to be reduced.

Short nose

The nose does not project enough. The projection needs to be increased by grafting on more cartilage. Filler products can sometimes be used to achieve the same effect.

Wide nose

This is caused by the shape of the bridge. The nose bones need to be brought closer together.

Tension nose

The bridge is projecting too prominently. Balance is achieved by removing the bump from the bridge.

Drooping tip

The tip points downwards. Two actions need to be performed simultaneously: raising and reduction of the tip.

Snub nose

Often a side effect of Rhinoplasty; correction is by grafts or filler products.

Bulbous tip

The tip is wide. It is made finer by work on the cartilage of the tip.

Flat nose

Generally related to thick skin. The tip does not project sufficiently and the nostrils are flattened. Better projection is achieved by cartilage grafts and by shortening of the nasal passages.

Greek nose

The root of the nose (at the forehead) is in a straight line with the forehead. Better shape is achieved by resetting the nose bones.

Displaced nose

Post-trauma, the displacement might be visible externally, on the bridge of the nose, or could be internally, on the septum. The displacement is the source of respiratory problems. Repair requires action on the septum.

Aging of the nose

The nose ages like all tissue structures.
The skin becomes thinner, wrinkles and allows a bump on the bridge of the nose to show through.
The columella (fleshy tip of the nose) retracts or begins to droop.
Refining a mature nose is possible by using fillers: this can give notable rejuvenation to the face.

Des solutions pour chaque imperfection