One of the most common goals of rhinoplasty surgery is to improve the appearance of the nasal tip of patients. But as with any plastic surgery, its quintessential aim is to create results that look natural rather than “operated.”
Dr. Karan Dhir, a leading facial plastic surgeon based in California, says there are five essential ways for tip rhinoplasty to deliver natural results and at the same time prevent or at least minimize the risk of complications.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nasal tip, more often than not your only focus is the area. But take note that most tip rhinoplasty patients require several of their nasal components such as the nostril, bridge, and/or radix or “root” of the nose to be enhanced as well to achieve a more balanced, natural result.
2. Your gender determines the ideal nasal tip angle.
Studies have suggested that for female, the ideal angle between the nasal tip and upper lip is between 104 and 108 degrees, which results in a slightly upturned nose. The general rule of thumb is that an angle at least greater than 90 degrees can lead to a more feminine, attractive face.
On the other hand, the ideal nasal tip angle for men is near 90 degrees, leading to a straighter nasal profile than women.
3. Your skin quality determines the “viable” amount of correction in rhinoplasty surgery.
The amount of tip refinement, according to Dr. Dhir, also depends on your skin thickness and its overall quality. The goal is to reshape the nose in a way that the skin can effectively redrape to its new contour rather than look amorphous or ill-defined.
Younger individuals, women, and Caucasians in general have a thinner skin (than “seniors,” men, and ethnic patients) that redrapes better than thicker skin.
4. The ideal tip projection for most patients is 0.55-0.60.
Nasal tip projection deals with how far the tip of the nose protrudes from the face, which is measured through a method called Goode.
In Goode method, a line is drawn starting from the bridge to the tip, and another one is created from the base of the nostril to the tip again (imagine a half triangle). Conventional wisdom suggests that a ratio of 0.55-0.60 is the ideal tip projection for most patients.
5. Your facial width determines the ideal nasal width.
Draw imaginary lines that divide your face into five equal vertical columns. Your nose, which lies at the center, should fall [almost] exactly within the central fifth to be considered ideal, including the outer margin of the nostril.
But remember that ethnic patients can tolerate a slightly wider look but still maintain an attractive-looking nose.