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Dr. Richard Rival
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Dr. Richard Rival
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Newmarket, ON L3Y 8C3
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Want People to Say You’re 10 Years Younger? Get a Rhinoplasty

A woman with a youthfl and glowing look poses with a somewhat intense stare

Raise your hand if this title surprised you.

Yep, we’re looking at this virtual audience and expected to see many hands up. Not everyone knows that your nose (excuse the pun) can be a giveaway of your age. Its structure and shape changes as time passes, a process that lasts from your earliest days into your golden ages. Of course, ageing can bring some less-than-wanted changes to your nose, which you might opt to fix.

In this post, we’ll examine how your ageing looks on your nose, and how a rhinoplasty can help turn the clock back.

The aging process on the nose and its appearance

Changes in nasal shape coincide with changes in your face — just look at your family photos over time, and you’ll probably spot the differences. To see the full spectrum, find grandma’s or grandpa’s photos from their youth and compare them to one of their most recent pictures. With that said, the general process of nasal aging goes as such:

  • Mid-Late Teens — The nose undergoes structural changes and rapidly assumes its “adult” form. This process ends around age 15 or 16 for girls, and around age 18 for men.
  • 20s- late 30s — During early adulthood, the shape, size and structure of the nose remains stagnant. Collagen production decreases during this age period, but it typically doesn’t show in the nose. You’re more likely to see some fine lines instead.
  • 40s-60s — It’s around midlife when structural changes to the nose begin to show. Nasal skin starts to thin out, and the nasal structure—its bones, cartilage, and soft tissue—begin to losing strength. This allows gravity to pull the tip of the nose forward so that it droops. As your facial bones recede, the nose literally absorbs some of these bones. The nose itself stretches sideways, giving it a wider, heavier appearance. These changes can even affect the structure of the nasal passages, which can affect your breathing over time.
  • 60s and beyond — In old age, additional changes to the nose occur. The skin becomes even thinner and translucent, allowing blood vessels to appear to look more prominent. The nasal tip can also droop further and as facial fat decreases, the nasal bridge can look more prominent than it actually is.

So yes, gravity takes a toll on your nose too, as the years go by. Naturally, those changes culminate in a “new” nose that might surprise you.—the mirror isn’t lying to you!

How it affects your appearance (making you look old or young)

What does an aged nose look like compared to a youthful one?

Well, let’s put together everything we mentioned above.

It’s droopy and bulbous at the tip, and wide. It’s thick at the bridge and overall, it looks bigger than it actually is. In other words, it looks like this:

Elderly fair haired woman with hook nose seen in profile

Keep in mind that this is a natural process for everyone, and doesn’t make someone unattractive per se. But, it can erode your confidence if your nose isn’t what it used to be.

Without any intervention, you can’t change the process. However, a rhinoplasty can make all the difference, by restoring the structure of the bones and tissues of the nose, so it assumes a more youthful appearance.

How a rhinoplasty can reverse an aged nose

For an aging nose, a rhinoplasty’s purpose is to restore the original shape and structure it had in one’s early adulthood. This differs slightly from those who are just dissatisfied with their nose and want a new look.

The goal here is rejuvenation. A surgeon will aim to create harmony between the face and nose, one that’s realistic for the person’s age and natural structure. This means that they will adjust some bone, cartilage and soft tissue to reverse a drooping tip, widened nostrils and reduce bumps.

These changes might not fully restore the nose you had at say 25 or 30, but it can give you a look that has people thinking you’re a lot younger than you really are.

Consult PSSC to help you get started

Of course, getting a rhinoplasty to restore a youthful look may require a different approach than simply restructuring a young adult’s nose. Bone, cartilage and soft tissues change with age, meaning that surgeons may have to take additional steps or precautions to avoid complications.

The key to a successful rhinoplasty is expert consultation and evaluation beforehand. This makes the procedure very safe, reducing the risk of complications or a need for revision rhinoplasty. More importantly, it helps the patient and surgeon hold realistic expectations as to what can be accomplished.

At the offices of Dr. Rival, we bring years of rhinoplasty expertise and success, and have helped thousands of people achieve the aesthetics they desire. If you’re looking to reverse the clock through a rhinoplasty, get in touch with us—we’re here to help you emerge with results you’ll love for life!

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