Rhinoplasty for Men
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the structural components, the cartilage and bone, of the nose to achieve the desired result. Men often have stronger structural features which demand more aggressive techniques. Some male rhinoplasty patients have experienced nasal trauma which can affect the nasal appearance as well as nasal function. Techniques for straightening a crooked nose or to improve breathing in a post traumatic nose are similar for both men and women.
There are two approaches that rhinoplasty surgeons use for male nose surgery: open or closed. With the open approach, the male rhinoplasty surgeon has more control by being able to actually see the structural components creating the deformity. With the open rhinoplasty approach these components can be more accurately altered and more reliably repositioned to achieve the desired outcome. The lower lateral cartilage that makes up the tip of the nose is often fuller and stronger in men and more cartilage must be removed or reshaped in order to narrow and soften the tip of the nose.
In general, Male nasal bones are larger and stronger. An osteotomy is a controlled cut in the nasal bones used to narrow the bridge of the nose and to remove a bump on the nose. Double osteotomies are sometimes in order for men with large, strong or previously fractured nasal bones to adequately narrow the bridge. With the open rhinoplasty approach, a small external incision is made just below the tip of the nose. Once healed this incision is barely noticeable.
The closed rhinoplasty approach is used for minor rhinoplasty procedures such as narrowing of the nasal bridge, nasal tip refinement or minor revision rhinoplasty procedures. Under this approach, the recovery may be a few days shorter.
Whether it’s a large bump on the nose, a crooked nose or just a large nose, men typically are interested in a nose that appears natural, non-operated and balanced with the rest if the face. Male rhinoplasty patients will often take a week off to recover following rhinoplasty surgery and can resume physical activity 8-9 days after the surgery.