Are Noses Really too Big?

The answer to that question is yes and no.

Let’s start with the “yes” answer. Some people are born with big noses. The boney structure is big. The only way to reduce the size of the structurally big nose is visiting a plastic surgeon for a rhinoplasty or “nose job”. When I think of a structurally big nose, Barry Manilow and Barbara Streisand pop into my head.

Now let’s address the “no” answer. As we age, people think their nose has gotten bigger, fatter or has grown. I hear that comment a lot.   If that is the case-how do we lose weight or reduce the size of our noses? Diet? Exercise? I don’t think that will work. Let’s think about it. Your nose is in the middle of your face. The dimensions of your face change with age. Support of the muscle has changed your face. But why? Of course, there are a few reasons that come to mind. Such as significant weight loss, sun damaged skin, or a history of smoking. What I usually see as a dentist maybe a combination of a few things. Such as missing teeth, worn down teeth that use to support the cheeks, jaw and chin. When the chin becomes closer to the nose, it makes the nose appear bigger and the lower 1/3 of the your face look smaller.

Once the teeth are built back up to their original size by using crowns, or implants to support the face, the nose appears to be more proportionate and smaller in size.

Now if your nose appears larger to you, look in your mouth. What do you see?

If you are unhappy with the changes in your appearance or smile, call our office for a new smile simulation and consultation.

Dr. Alexandra S. George

Medically reviewed by Dr. Alexandra S. George - D.D.S., L.Vl.I.F. on February 17th, 2015