Rhinoplasty: How to describe what you want to your plastic surgeon

The Rhinoplasty procedure is a reshaping of the nose. In your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon you should  describe the things you want to change about your nose in specific detail. Plastic surgeons think about the nose using certain terms and you can paint a better picture of how you want your nose to look if you use these terms in your initial consultation.

In this video blog about rhinoplasty, I explain the following terms used to describe the nose:

Nose width

  • nostril (wide part at bottom)
  • tip
  • dorsum (middle of nose)

Nose length

  • root to tip distance (vertical length)
  • projection of nose (horizontal length)

If you use these terms to explain what you want, your plastic surgeon will likely have a better understanding of what type of result you are looking for. Do not assume that your surgeon will know exactly how you want your nose to look. Noses are a very personal attribute and everybody has a different ‘ideal nose’.  You need to be specific when you describe what you want!

By Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Cosmeticsurg Baltimore, Maryland
Ricardo L Rodriguez on American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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