In our weekly Post Your Face column, Dr. Robert Freund answers readers' cosmetic surgery questions, and shows them how they'd look if they underwent the enhancement. To post your own face, visit

The Patient's Question: Overall, I'm happy with my face, but the way my nose sticks out bothers me very much. It has always upset me, not because anyone has said anything bad about it, but I have always felt that way. I don't mind the view front on, but even at the slightest angle I feel it shows how much it sticks out. I am booked for surgery, but I have become very anxious because the doctor hasn't given me much indication of what to expect. He has hand drawn a picture side-view I think that will look great, but I do not know how it will look front on and I would like to know how much it will change as a result of reducing the over projection. I am very nervous about this, although I have wanted and saved for it for a long time. I've thought of canceling because I don't feel well-informed, and am unsure about what outcome is to be expected.

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The patient before and after the suggested cosmetic surgery procedure. Photos courtesy of Dr. Robert M. Freund

Dr. Freund's Answer: The frontal view shows an elegant beauty with a well-balanced face. However, from the side view it is apparent that you have a slightly weak or retrusive chin, as well as, a prominent bump on your nose. Interestingly, these issues are tied, one to the other. For instance, if we were to add a chin implant to strengthen your chin, the nose would appear less prominent and vice-versa.

In the computer-enhanced photos, I demonstrate what you could look like if you were to have the chin augmentation or a rhinoplasty/removal of the bump. In the morphed photo of a chin augmentation, no changes were made to the nose, yet the nose appears smaller. Conversely, when I reduced the size of the nose, the retrusive chin did not seem as apparent upon side view.

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The patient before the suggested cosmetic surgery procedure. Photo courtesy of Dr. Robert M. Freund

In essence, the goal of any plastic surgery is to make a positive change that appears natural. Natural means that you look better, but no one can tell that you had any surgery. For a person with your profile, one could have a rhinoplasty, a chin implant or both. The benefits of both may be that a smaller change to your nose and a smaller change to your chin can lead to a more beautiful and natural result.

The cost for a rhinoplasty can be from $4000 to $7000. Chin implant surgery can cost about $3000. Combining the procedures may cost a little less because the surgeon is already performing surgery. Recovery time may be as little as 7 days.

To learn more about rhinoplasty or chin augmentation, read my new book, "A More Beautiful You – Reverse Aging Through Skin Care, Plastic Surgery and Lifestyle Solutions."

Respectfully submitted,

Robert M. Freund, MD, FACS

The health or medical information in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your doctor or a qualified healthcare provider with any questions.

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