Masculinizing Rhinoplasty (Nasal Augmentation)
Male and Female Noses are Different Shapes and Sizes
Among facial features that are decidely gender-identifying, the nose is one of the most obvious. Masculine noses are generally larger, more prominent, and wider while women typically have noses that are smaller, narrower across the bridge, and more refined in shape and size.
What is a Masculinizing Rhinoplasty or Nasal Augmentation?
Within the context of Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS), a Masculinizing Rhinoplasty essentially masculinizes the overall shape, size, and appearance of the nose for a natural-looking, and ideally, an undetectable result. The procedure increases the prominence of the nasal bridge, eliminates any assymetries such as an unwanted nasal bump, alters the dorsal profile, and also improves overall aesthetic appearance (and maybe even function) due to any congenital structural defects.
The goal of a Masculinizing Rhinoplasty is to modify the projection and profile of the nose and, as needed, the width of the nose to make it more masculine-looking–while maintaining harmony with other facial features.
Why is a sense of artistry important for Masculinizing Rhinoplasty?
Regardless of gender, rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging procedures a surgeon can undertake successfully. This is because rhinoplasty is always an individualized surgery with unique challenges for each patient. No two noses are the same, just like no two faces are the same. The result must not only be natural looking within the context of your other FMS procedures, but also in harmony with existing facial features.
Dr. Deschamps-Braly possesses an indepth understanding of the science and artistry of nasal masculinization. His excellent technical surgical skills, and keen artistic “eye” allows him to visualize the final result–further ensuring that the newly augmented nose is in balance with other existing features such as cheekbones, lips, forehead, and brows.
Thorough communication and assessment by Dr. Deschamps-Braly ensures successful planning for an aesthetically pleasing outcome. When re-sculpting and contouring your masculine nose, Dr. Deschamps-Braly takes into consideration your existing features and your ethnic background to ensure a natural looking result.
How is a Masculinizing Rhinoplasty procedure performed?
Typically this procedure is performed under general anesthesia within the context of your larger Facial Masculinization. Dr. Deschamps-Braly utilizes the patient’s own cartilage and/or bone grafts so that the desired augmentation is achieved. Depending on patient’s needs, the location of incisions will vary and leave little to no visible scarring.
Masculiniizing rhinoplasty can be performed in one of two ways: A “closed” technique involves no external incisions, while an “open” technique requires a small incision under the tip of the nose above where it meets the upper lip. This incision heals well and done correctly and with finesse, is virtually undetectable and appears quite natural. The technique selected will be based on the anatomy of your current nose and your individual aesthetic goal.
How long will my nose take to heal?
Bruising and swelling are the most common side effects; and typically resolve within a few weeks. The nose is protected in the early phase of healing by a splint. After this comes off, tape is placed over your nose to further reduce swelling by the end of the second week.
Some patients experience swelling and/or bruising around their eyes depending on how easily they bruise. The nose will be swollen in a manner that other people generally don’t notice. Typically, the pain is minimal and can be controlled with non-opioid pain medication.