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7 Types of Nose Shapes a Rhinoplasty in Toronto Can Fix

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Everyone’s nose is unique to them. And by the same token, everyone’s rhinoplasty is unique to them as well. That said, when you’ve been in the rhinoplasty business in Toronto for as long as we have, you start to notice some trends. Certain nose shapes are among the most common that people want to change. If anything on this list sounds close to the sort of hang-ups you’ve had with your own nose, then you should feel pretty confident that there’s a rhinoplasty procedure that can help.

#1 The Boxy Tip

For such a small part of the overall nose, your nasal tip can have a significant impact on people’s overall impression of your nose. One of the most common issues people have with the tip of their nose is that it is too “boxy”.

What this means is that the cartilage at the bottom of the nose has a bit too much of a square or rectangular shape to it. Many people prefer the more elegant look of a rounded nose tip. A boxy tip is especially noticeable whenever you tilt your head back.

Thankfully, a skilled surgeon can easily adjust this nose shape with a rhinoplasty. All it takes is a little cartilage reduction from the bottom of the nose, and other minor adjustments to give it a more defined look.

#2 The Bulbous Tip

Boxy tips and bulbous tips are often confused, and you’ll hear plenty of people refer to the two interchangeably. However, they’re not quite the same – though this is probably not much consolation to someone with tip issues!

The main difference is that the shape of the boxy tip is simply distracting. A bulbous tip, though, is square rather than rounded, and is generally just too large overall. This distracts from the appearance of the rest of your nose and face. Getting this issue addressed through nasal tip rhinoplasty can help bring the rest of the nose back into balance.

Thankfully, addressing a bulbous tip is as easy as addressing a boxy one. Your rhinoplasty surgeon will simply need to reduce the amount of cartilage in the tip area, and the nose should then take on a natural, but more slender form.


#3 Hanging Columella

With a name like Hanging Columella, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is some sort of rare and exotic disease that affects the nose. Thankfully, it’s a much smaller problem, but still an irritating one.

If you’re one for trivia (or one for getting piercings), you probably know that the bit of cartilage between your nostrils is called your septum. The part of the septum that is covered in skin and visible at the bottom is called the columella. In some people, the columella will protrude much further down than normal. This, naturally, looks fairly distracting, and those who suffer for it will often want to get it reduced.

If you’ve searched up remedies to the hanging columella before, you likely found quite a few home remedies. While there are some non-surgical options that can temporarily mask the condition, only an actual rhinoplasty can permanently bring the columella back into alignment.

#4 Humped Nose

If there was a top reason for people searching out rhinoplasty, it would certainly be the humped nose. We could call it a classic, if that didn’t sound a little bit too positive. It is true that of all the nose shapes mentioned here, the hump is the most instantly recognisable, with a large protrusion breaking the smooth shape of the bridge. A hump both makes a nose look overly large, but also asymmetrical.

Thankfully, because so many people want to get humps addressed, most rhinoplasty experts have plenty of experience correcting this nose shape. The process involves skillfully shaving down cartilage and bone to smooth out the shape of the bridge, leaving a much more elegant silhouette to the face.


#5 Pinched Nose

Ever pinched your nose out of frustration? Now imagine what would happen if your nose was stuck in that shape. For some people, their nose is permanently locked into this pinched position, with either one or both nostrils squeezed in. Not only does this bring a distracting asymmetry to the face, but can also make breathing difficult.

While this can be a natural occurrence, it can also be the result of getting a rhinoplasty from an un-skilled practitioner, who wasn’t careful about how they approached cartilage removal. Thankfully, with a revision rhinoplasty, you can reverse this issue and get back your symmetry and easy breathing.

#6 Plunging Tip

Tips can be bulbous or boxy and it’s fairly noticeable. But the plunging tip can be somewhat harder to pin down – and yet can in many cases be just as distracting. Ideally, the tip of the nose should be in a somewhat “neutral” position, or even slightly turned up. However, in some cases, the tip points downwards, giving a subtle “hook” shape to the nose, which becomes even more apparent when you smile. Once you notice a plunging tip, it’s hard to ignore.

This condition can be resolved through the use of rhinoplasty, however, reducing the tip and using sutures to give more support. This helps bring the tip—and your confidence—back up.

#7 Wide Nose

Sometimes there’s an issue with a specific part of the nose – a hump in the bridge, or a plunging tip. Other times there’s simply too much nose altogether. Ideally, a nose should complement the face, not dominate it. A wide nose can be natural, or can sometimes be the cause of an injury “squashing” the cartilage.

As you’ve probably guessed, even a wide nose isn’t beyond the powers of rhinoplasty to resolve. But don’t just take our word for it. At Richard Rival, we can use digital imaging to show you what your nose will look like after a rhinoplasty procedure – or any other nose shape you might have. If you’re looking for a rhinoplasty in Toronto, then we’re happy to answer any questions you might have!

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