Is there a surgery to correct a nose that is too short?


I feel my nose shows too much nostril (i.e. a "pig nose").  I see lots of information for correction of large noses or bumps but very few for my problem.  Is there anything I can do?


Sure, there are many options for nostril sill reduction and correction of the short nose.  You may require cartilage or another type of grafting at the time of your Rhinoplasty.  Consider consulting one of the many members of the ASAPS.  They are experts in Rhinoplasty Surgery.



Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS


There are few methods that can be utilized to lengthen the nose, or decrease the nostril show.

As mentioned it may require cartilage grafts to nostrils or long spreader graft with or without de-rotation of the tip depending on the pathology.

Consult a BOARD CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON who can advise you in details on what is available in your situation.


Yes, there are options available to lengthen the nose.  The first step is to have a full evaluation by a board certified plastic surgeon.  This will involve listening to the issues that are of concern to you along with an examination of your specific anatomy.  The surgeon will review your series of nasal photographs and many times morphing can be done on the computer to evaluate how changes in your nasal contour will look on your individual face.  Nose lengthening procedures often involve cartilage grafts so the recovery, although usually not very painful, may take several months for the final result to be complete.


The simple answer is yes.  It really depends on what is "short" about your nose.  If too much nostril shows, it may be necessary to place cartilage grafts inside along the nostril rims to lower them and/or reduce the width or flaring of the nostrils by removing excess skin and placing a scar within the crease of the nostril.  It is technically more challenging to make a small nose larger than vice versa, so seek an ASAPS member experienced in rhinoplasty.

Good luck!


There are a variety of surgical options to improve a "nose that is too short". The exact technique would depend on your specific anatomy and your desired outcome. You need to be realistic about the results, as you should be with any procedure. Correction of a short nose usually requires cartilage grafts and often additional surgical steps by the surgeon to create a natural appearing improvement.

The best way to proceed is to have a consultation with a board certified  plastic surgery, ideally a member of ASAPS.

Robert Singer, MD  FACS

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