Goodbye droopy nose!
June 7, 2011
Would you believe that there’s such a thing as an aging nose? In addition to the unwanted developments you expect with aging, here’s an unexpected indignity: your nose and chin keep growing after everything else has stopped.
When you think about candidates for nose surgery, you think about desperate teenagers who are mortified by nasal protuberance. But a New York City plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty reports that a lot of clients seek nasal reduction in their middle years. In his April interview with lifegoesstrong.com he says that mystified clients “feel weird” because something looks different. They say, “I feel like my nose is getting bigger, and I never had a bump before.”
Like breasts and earlobes, noses droop because of the pull of gravity. Droopiness can be further accentuated by thickening of skin on the nose, making the nose appear even larger.
The good news is that in older patients with “nose droop,” rhinoplasty primarily restores the nasal tip to its youthful position. This can be easier than a traditional nose job, which may involve breaking the nasal bones.
To correct nose droop, cartilage grafts may be used, which allow for a short recovery time.
If your nose is heading south, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Rhinoplasty in older patients is often performed in conjunction with a facelift, necklift or eyelid surgery as part of a total rejuvenation.
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