When it comes to the size of your nose, it’s all about proportion. If you’re a short, small-framed woman, then a smaller, shorter nose probably looks aesthetically pleasing on you. But if you’re tall and muscular, or have a larger face, a short nose likely looks less appealing.
In his Thousand Oaks practice, Dr. Costanzo meets patients who have had short noses since birth, or have one as the result of a previous rhinoplasty gone wrong. The good news is that regardless of why your nose may be too short for your face and physique, there are ways that rhinoplasty can be performed to elongate it and make it better match your other facial features. Yes, you read that correctly – rhinoplasty can help you get the longer nose you want! Read on as Dr. Costanzo explains various techniques that can be performed during rhinoplasty to lengthen a short nose.
Sometimes, a short nose is caused by a low radix, or the upper start of the nose. In this case, radix grafting, or adding more cartilage to the top of the nose, can be performed to make the nose appear to begin at a higher point on the face. When radix grafting is performed, it allows for a more evenly distributed nose and more aesthetically pleasing nose proportion.
Caudal Septal Extension Grafting
Some noses appear short because the nasal tip is upturned. In this case, making the nasal tip longer will make the nose look more proportional on the face. With caudal septal extension grafting, additional cartilage from either portions of your septum that do not support the nose, or your rib cage are harvested and then sewn to the front end of the septum, or tip of the nose. The result is a nose that is longer and looks more proportional on your face.
Extended Spreader Grafts
Another way to elongate the nasal tip of an upturned nose is by using an extended spreader graft. An extended spreader graft is a piece of harvested cartilage that is inserted between the septum and lateral cartilage, from where the internal nasal valve is located all the way down to the nasal tip. In addition, more often spreader grafts are used to help patients with breathing problems when the mid portion of the nose or nasal valve is collapsed.
How Can I Learn More About These Advanced Rhinoplasty Techniques?
If you’re considering rhinoplasty because you have a short nose and you would like to better understand the rhinoplasty techniques that Dr. Costanzo will be using in your specific case, the best thing you can do is schedule a free consultation with him in his Thousand Oaks offices. During a rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Costanzo will listen to your concerns and desired nose aesthetic, perform a full nasal evaluation, explain your rhinoplasty procedure to you, and answer any questions that you have.
Dr. Costanzo prides himself on understanding his Thousand Oaks patients’ needs and supporting them throughout their surgeries. And he knows that this may be especially important for his patients who are coming to him because of a previous rhinoplasty surgery that resulted in an unappealing nose.
If you have any questions or concerns about getting rhinoplasty to extend a short nose, call Dr. Costanzo’s Thousand Oaks offices at (805) 373-9919 so you can speak with him about them personally.