Differences Between Male and Female Rhinoplasty

Male vs Female RhinoplastyRhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, is one of the most commonly performed procedures at Dr. Sandra Margoles’s plastic surgery practice. She has helped countless men and women look and feel good about themselves through rhinoplasty.

Dr. Margoles is often asked whether there are differences between male and female rhinoplasty. The fundamentals of the procedure are the same whether Dr. Margoles is treating a man or a woman. The same incisions are used for both men and women, and there are no differences in the surgical techniques.

There are some distinct differences between the anatomy of the typical male and female nose. Also, what men hope to achieve through rhinoplasty is usually slightly different from what women hope to achieve.

Anatomical Differences

Men tend to have larger noses than women, with wider, broader nasal bases. The male nose typically projects further from the face than the female nose. Most men have larger nostrils and a more prominent nasal bridge. The angle between the upper lip and male nose is usually somewhere between 90 and 95 degrees. Men also have thicker skin and stronger bone and cartilage.

Most women have smaller and more delicate noses, with smaller nostrils. The angle between the upper lip and female nose is usually five to 10 degrees more than a man’s nose, so the tip is more elevated than that of a male nose. Women have thinner skin that drapes differently over the internal nasal structures.

What Men and Women Want to Achieve Through Rhinoplasty

Men generally want a strong, straight nose with a higher bridge and larger nostrils than a female nose. Men are more likely to need rhinoplasty after a nasal injury from a sports accident or a fight.

Women generally prefer a more petite nose with slightly more upward rotation at the tip (but not so much that the tip is upturned or creates a “ski slope“ effect). Most women want a slim bridge and delicate nostrils. Women are usually very conscious of how their nose balances out their facial features, and often wish to adjust the proportions of the nose so it does not look oversized compared to the rest of the face.

No rhinoplasty patient, male or female, wants to look overdone or artificial after rhinoplasty. The goal of rhinoplasty is to enhance the appearance of the nose, not radically change it. That’s why it is so important to trust surgery to someone as talented and experienced as Dr. Margoles. She is one of the leading rhinoplasty surgeons serving Greenwich, CT, New York City and the surrounding areas.

If you would like to discuss your nose reshaping goals with Dr. Margoles, please contact our office and request a consultation today.

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