A 46-year-old female asked:
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why is it that every time you see a rhinoplasty job the nose still looks big, even after a yr or so. it is impossible to make a nose small?

4 doctor answers
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not true: Rhinoplasty is often done to reduce the size of the nose and it is surgically possible to do so.
Answered on Mar 5, 2014
Dr. David Sherris
32 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
No: Rhinoplasty is commonly done to make the nose smaller. Yet, there is a limit to how small the nose can be made as skin is not typically removed during the procedure.
Answered on Mar 6, 2014
Dr. Minas Constantinides
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Big Nose After Surg: The nose should not look bigger after rhinoplasty than it did before surgery. Rhinoplasty is designed to make asymmetric or wide noses look better. However, surgeons are limited by what they have to work with. If the nose is very thick-skinned and very wide to begin with, then rhinoplasty may improve it's shape but cannot transform it into something completely. See my website for examples of this.
Answered on May 21, 2016
Dr. Suzanne Galli
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Rhinoplasty: It is not impossible to perform reduction rhinoplasty. In fact it is very common. Perhaps, evaluating pre and postop pictures would be helpful.
Answered on Oct 14, 2014

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