Feminizing Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery)
There are distinct differences in male and female noses.
In most people, the shape and size of the male nose is usually wider, larger, and more angular than a woman’s nose. The bridge of the male nose may also be wider, straighter, and more arched while the tip of women’s noses may also point upwards more often than men; and the overall profile is more concave. To make the nose appear more feminine, it needs to be reshaped and refined.
A female nose also has a different angle when measured from the forehead and from the upper lip than a male nose. These differences may appear subtle to the casual eye, but they all consititute the characteristics of gender.
Patients undergoing a Feminizing Rhinoplasty (also known as feminizing nose surgery or a “nose job”) require a surgeon that not only can perform the rhinoplasty skillfully but can do that in the context of a truly feminized forehead.
However, the biggest challenge with feminizing the male nose is ensuring that it remains in harmony with all other existing facial features. It is critical that your “new nose” still looks like you, and also that it is aesthetically in balance with the rest of your facial structure.
How does Feminizing Rhinoplasty work to create a more “female” nose?
Feminizing Rhinoplasty reduces the overall size of the nose, and alters its shape and profile to make it appear more feminine. This result is achieved by narrowing and/or altering the nose internally, and/or reshaping and moving the nose cartilage.
The Artistry of Feminizing Rhinoplasty
One of the most common plastic surgeries we perform is the revision of another surgeon’s work; this is also true of feminizing rhinoplasties.
The art of rhinoplasty is a very delicate process regardless of gender, and it is also one of the most difficult plastic surgery procedures to undertake successfully. Also, many plastic surgeons essentially build the same “nose” for every patient, whereas a highly skilled surgeon will assess each patient as an individual with unique facial features.
A surgeon with keen aesthetic judgment will also listen to their patient’s needs with the aim of giving them what they want–if it’s within the realm of possibility and good aesthetic judgment.
Along with precise surgical skills, your surgeon must also possess an artistic eye for the “feminine” — what constitutes truly feminine beauty — to be able to visualize how your reshaped nose will contribute to your femininity, as well as being in harmony with other facial features.
Along with feminizing the size and shape of the nose, the procedure can also improve the appearance of the nose due to traumatic accidents or deformities. Rhinoplasty may also be used to correct impaired breathing or sleep apnea due to congenital nasal structural defects.
How is Feminizing Rhinoplasty performed within a larger Facial Feminization procedure?
Within the context of Facial Feminization Surgery, the feminizing rhinoplasty is almost always performed at the same time as forehead contouring or reduction. Reducing the size or shape of the forehead will invariably, but subtly, alter the relative size of the nose and create a disharmony at the junction between the two. Therefore, these two facial feminizing procedures are often most appropriately performed simultaneously.
A Feminizing Rhinoplasty must be performed under general anesthesia, to allow for maximum flexibility in size reduction. An incision is made at the base of the nose, leaving little to no visible scarring.
What to expect for your initial FFS consultation.
Dr. Deschamps-Braly’s approach to Feminizing Rhinoplasty is that of an artist and a surgeon. This means that during your initial consultation he’ll listen to your concerns and then discuss possible outcomes and expectations, and also explain how your rhinoplasty will work within the larger context of your facial feminization.
He will then conduct a thorough physical examination of your nose and photograph you from multiple angles, including your profile and features–to ensure that there are clear communications about the recommended changes and what he envisions possible based on your desired outcomes.