What is Male Rhinoplasty?
Male rhinoplasty, also known as a male nose job, is a surgical procedure performed with the purpose of enhancing the shape and structure of the nose to improve the overall facial aesthetics. The male rhinoplasty procedure may also be performed to correct medical conditions such as a deviated nasal septum which has a negative effect on the quality of life.
Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Mark Doyle has a special interest in reshaping the nose to achieve a symmetrical and balanced appearance. He has over 30 years of experience working with men and women to improve overall facial aesthetics.
A male nose job aims to improve the shape of the nose and ensure that it matches the rest of your facial structure. This procedure is performed similarly to the female nose job but the aesthetic reasons for both procedures vary. Women often undergo a rhinoplasty procedure to correct cosmetic flaws like a wide nose, bumpy ridge, and pointy, droopy nasal tip. Men, however, undergo the male rhinoplasty procedure more commonly to correct the structure of the nasal bridge and get rid of the bulbous nasal tip.
The difference between the aesthetic goals for men and women vary due to the differences in the perception of a male and a female face. Generally, men undergo the procedure to make their face look more masculine whereas women undergo the procedure to make their face appear more feminine. Basically, both genders try to improve facial symmetry with the rhinoplasty procedure.
What makes an attractive male nose?
Male facial characteristics are quite unique and more structural than female facial characteristics. A masculine nose has a higher and wider nasal bridge and is straight on profile, whereas a feminine nose has a lower and softer nasal bridge, often with a small curve on profile. This difference in beauty standards explains the difference in aesthetic goals when it comes to male and female rhinoplasty procedures.
An attractive male nose should be symmetrical and have a prominent nasal tip with wider projections. If your nose is small, pointy, or thin, it may not match your facial structure and can be the reason for your concerns. It is also important to take into consideration other facial features like brows, cheeks, and chin when assessing the attractiveness of a male nose.
Facial harmony is important in determining if your nose is attractive or not, and this is a highly personalised factor. Book a consultation now to assess the harmony of your facial features and discuss the shape of your ideal nose.
Am I a Good Candidate for Male Rhinoplasty?
The male rhinoplasty procedure is a cosmetic and medical procedure performed to improve nasal aesthetics. You may be a good candidate for male rhinoplasty if:
You are bothered by the appearance of your nose due to:
- Crooked nasal tip
- Droopy nasal tip
- Bulbous nasal tip
- Very high nasal bridge
- Very low nasal bridge
- Prominently bumpy nasal bridge
- Short nose with a pointy tip
- Flared nostrils
As well as these cosmetic reasons, you may be a candidate for the procedure if:
- You suffer from breathing problems due to nasal deformities like a deviated nasal septum.
- You are physically healthy and a non-smoker. If you do smoke, it is recommended that you quit before undergoing the surgery.
- You have realistic goals and expectations about what the surgery can achieve.
- You are undergoing the male rhinoplasty procedure for yourself and not for any other reasons.
If you meet the criteria above, you are eligible for the male rhinoplasty procedure. It is important to keep in mind that smoking will slow down the healing process and potentially can ruin the results of the surgery, which is why it is crucial to quit smoking before the procedure.
Benefits of Male Rhinoplasty
A male rhinoplasty procedure has various benefits ranging from medical and psychological to cosmetic. Having a crooked or traditionally unattractive nose can be a huge physical and mental burden. It can have a negative impact on your interpersonal relationships.
A male rhinoplasty procedure corrects the shape of your nose, hence, improving the aesthetics of your nose and your face. Apart from the cosmetic benefits, having a male rhinoplasty procedure can give you the confidence boost you need and significantly improve your self-image and self-worth. This results in decreased anxiety and stress due to the shape of your nose. Your mental health will improve as a result of this procedure, which will have a positive effect on your personal and social relationships.
Undergoing a male rhinoplasty procedure will also help improve your breathing as it can treat and rectify any nasal deformities and structural defects that may be present. All in all, the male rhinoplasty procedure has a positive impact on both; your physical and mental health.
Steps of Male Rhinoplasty Procedure
A male rhinoplasty procedure is an outpatient procedure that can take anywhere between one hour to three hours. For the procedure, general anesthesia is required.
After your anaesthesia has been administered, your surgeon will make the first incision. There are two techniques to perform a rhinoplasty procedure; an open technique and a closed technique. Dr Doyle performs the open procedure because it allows the most accurate correction of any defects that may be present and allows very fine sculpting of the nose. In the open technique, the first incision is made across your columella, the skin covering the septum between your nostrils. In the closed technique, all of the incisions are made inside your nose.
Once the incision has been made, Dr Doyle will reshape and enhance the contours of your nose. If your nose is large for your face, excess cartilage may be removed and if your nose is small, then cartilage grafts may be added to improve the nasal shape. If a deviated nasal septum is present, then correction of the septum will also be done in the same procedure – this is called a septoplasty or septorhinoplasty procedure. In some cases, additional incisions may be made in the natural crease of the nose to alter the shape of nostrils (ala base wedge excisions).
After rectifying the structural defects and improving the look of the nose, Dr Doyle will suture the incisions using absorbable sutures. This marks the end of your male rhinoplasty procedure. Dr Doyle will then place an external splint over the nose to reinforce the shape of the nose and minimise swelling. The splint also helps with the healing process in the initial stages. No internal splints or packs are used by Dr Doyle.
Recovery From a Male Rhinoplasty Procedure
The recovery from a male nose job is marked usually by mild swelling, mild bruising, and minimal pain. Swelling and bruising can be minimised by the use of nutritional support taken before and after the surgery. Dr Doyle will discuss this with you prior to your surgery. If you have bruising under the eyes this usually resolves about a week following the procedure. It is common to get some swelling after the splint is removed. Swelling, particularly at the tip, can take up to 12 months to settle completely. The nose is not as strong as it was before the surgery for the first 6 weeks following surgery. The first 2 weeks following surgery is the time that any knock on the nose could move the position of the nasal bones. You must be careful to avoid knocks to the nose at this time. You will be prescribed certain pain management medications and antibiotics to prevent the development of any infections that may complicate your healing process.
During the recovery phase, you should refrain from strenuous physical activity that may cause you to breathe heavily and disturb the incisions. You should also avoid blowing your nose heavily and picking your nose to prevent any complications. Regular nasal irrigation with water can facilitate the wound healing process.
You should abstain from drinking alcohol during the recovery phase, especially while taking any prescribed medications. You should also avoid smoking during this time as smoking can dramatically alter the healing of the incisions and ruin the results of the surgery.
The results of the surgery may become apparent once the swelling subsides but it can take up to a year for the complete results to be visible. You may notice changes in the contours and shape of your nose during this time.
Risks and Complications of Male Rhinoplasty
A male rhinoplasty procedure is a surgical procedure, and like any other surgical procedure, there are certain risks and complications associated with it that you need to consider before making a decision. It is important that you discuss these risks with Dr Doyle prior to the surgery so you are well aware and capable of making an informed decision.
The risks of male rhinoplasty procedure include:
- An allergic reaction to anaesthesia
- Poor wound healing
- Complicated wound healing
- Bleeding and bruising of the nose
- Change in sensation over the nose
- Persistent pain
- Discolouration of the nose
- Difficulty breathing
- A perforated septum, which may require surgical treatment
There is also a possibility that you may not be satisfied with the end results of the surgery and may choose to undergo revisional surgery to get the nose of your dreams. You can avoid this particular complication by being candid with Dr Doyle about your expectations and goals from the surgery.
You can minimise the risk of developing any of these complications by ensuring that you meet the eligibility criteria and by choosing a highly-skilled, specialist plastic surgeon to perform your male rhinoplasty procedure. Book a consultation with Dr Doyle today.
Your Male Rhinoplasty Journey
The initial consultation with your Dr Doye marks the first step in your male rhinoplasty journey and it is a very important one. During this phase, you will be assessed by Dr Doyle to determine whether your concerns can be improved or corrected with nasal surgery and that your expectations are realistic.
It is important for you to discuss your reasons for the procedure with Dr Doyle at this stage. You should be really honest about your expectations as well so Dr Doyle can work towards them and ensure that your desired results are being achieved. To meet your expectations, Dr Doyle may also recommend other procedures to have done along with a nose job.
It is also at this step that you should discuss the risks and complications associated with the procedure with Dr Doyle. You will have your photographs taken at this consultation and they will be morphed with Crisalix 3D technology so you can see possible results. You will also be shown before and after photos of some of his patients.
The male rhinoplasty procedure can take approximately one hour to three hours and it is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. You will be given general anesthesia.
Dr Doyle will then perform either a close male rhinoplasty procedure with an incision on the strip of tissue between the nostrils. During the surgery, Dr Doyle may correct your deviated nasal septum and other structural defects that can make breathing difficult for you. Dr Doyle may also improve the shape of the edge of your nostrils to enhance nasal contours and make your nose look more masculine and attractive.
Recovery from a male rhinoplasty procedure usually can take about 7 to 10 days. The recovery phase is characterized by swelling, congestion, bruising, and pain which can be alleviated using pain management medication prescribed by Dr Doyle.
Since male rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, you do not have to spend the night in the hospital after the procedure. You will most likely be discharged a couple of hours after the procedure. During your recovery period, you should refrain from any sort of physical activity that puts pressure on your nose or external incisions. It is important to keep your blood pressure low in your nose. This means you should keep your head above your heart, particularly when sleeping. Use at least one pillow and if you need to pick up anything on the ground then squat and not bend over. You should prevent your nose from drying out by doing nasal irrigation as directed by Dr Doyle. Once the recovery phase is over, your new nose structure and shape with enhanced contours will become visible.
Frequently asked Questions
How much is a nose job for a guy?
Male rhinoplasty (Nose Job) prices include the costs of the surgeon’s fee, the hospital fee, and the anaesthetic fee. According to our research, the average cost of a Nose Job in Queensland is somewhere between $10,000 to $20,000. This depends on the nature of the procedure and if it is being done out of medical necessity such as to treat a deviated septum. Medicare rebates may apply if you have an obstructed airway causing significant symptoms. For more information on pricing please view our pricing resources:
At what age can a boy get a nose job?
Age is not a limiting factor when it comes to cosmetic and plastic surgery however, it is preferred that you are at least 18 years of age and your nose has finished developing. If you have medical complications like obstructed breathing that needs correcting and are under the age of 18 these problems are often treated by Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons. Cosmetic nasal surgery under the age of 18 is restricted to those boys with significant deformity and significant psychological problems. You will need a referral from your GP and psychologist before your consultation with Dr Doyle. If this is the case, book a consultation now to assess if you are eligible for a male nose job.
Will I have a scar after the procedure?
When undergoing a male rhinoplasty using an open technique, you will have a very small scar in the columella. This scar is usually very difficult to see and normally heals well. All scarring possibilities will be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr Doyle.
Further Medical Reading
- The Difference Between A Male and Female Rhinoplasty
- 7 Hunky Hollywood Men You Didn’t Know Had Plastic Surgery
- Most requested nose among men