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The Patient's Question: My nose overpowers my face!

The patient before (left) and after (right) the suggested cosmetic surgery procedures. Courtesy Photo

Dr. Freund's Answer: In examining your photos, I agree about your nose but for different reasons than you. I'd wager that you think your nose is too big. I however, think that what makes your nose look big is the exaggerated depth of your glabella. The glabella is the indentation in the nose below your eyebrows (highlighted by the blue line) and between your eyes. Ideally, the galbella is deepest at the same height as the crease in the skin of your upper eyelid.

In your case, the glabella is too deep and low -- meaning it deepest at the level of your pupil, not the upper eyelid crease. This creates the appearance of a bump on your nose and also makes your eyebrows look furrowed and perhaps angry.

In the "after" photos, I have shown how you might look with three minor adjustments:
  1. Softening and lifting the position of the glabella.
  2. Removing the bump on your nose. Note that by softening the glabella, less bump removal is needed.
  3. Lifting the tip just a bit.
All three procedures are part of the typical rhinoplasty, which typically costs $5,000-$7,500. Downtime is about one week.

My book "A More Beautiful You - Reverse Aging through Skin Care, Plastic Surgery and Lifestyle Solutions," will give you more information on rhinoplasty, the glabella and other procedures.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert M. Freund, MD, FACS

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