August 25, 2016

Rhinoplasty Q&A with Dr. Buonassisi: Is my Nose Getting Bigger with Age?

Before and after of rhinoplasty patient at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery.
Angie Buonassisi
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Welcome to this week's Rhinoplasty Q&A, where we sit down regularly with Vancouver's rhinoplasty specialist,  Dr. Buonassisi, to find out the most common questions he hears from his patients.

Q: Is my Nose Getting Bigger with Age?

A: In certain cases, your nose can appear to get bigger as you age. Depending on many factors including your ethnic background, the tip of your nose can become softer and begin to droop as you age. This can result in the appearance that your nose is getting bigger with age.

Q: What other factors can contribute?

Other factors that can contribute to your nose appearing larger with age is the development of allergies. Allergies often result in a swollen tip, which means your nose will appear larger. 

Q: What are the features of a young vs. old nose?

A drooping tip of the nose is typically a feature of an older person. A tip rotation, which turns the nose up slightly depending on whether you are a man or woman, results in a more youthful appearance.

Q: I'm 50. Am I too old to get a rhinoplasty?

A: From a medical perspective, you are not too old to have a rhinoplasty. The bottom line answer comes down to whether you are on other medications of have other pre-existing conditions that may make it unsafe for you to go under general anesthetic for the procedure.

Usually, people who have large, prominent noses are motivated to have a rhinoplasty when they are younger, but for many people the timing is much better when they are in their 40s and 50s. 

Are you interested in having a rhinoplasty? Book your complimentary consultation at 8 West and have a one-on-one conversation with our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Buonassisi, to have all of your questions answered.

Watch the video below for more information on the ideal age for rhinoplasty surgery.

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