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What Is Considered a Big Nose?

In medical and aesthetic terms, a large nose1 is characterized by a wide or prominent bridge, an enlarged tip, a long profile, or flared nostrils. A big nose often stands out among the other features of the face and may be perceived as disproportionately large in relation to the other facial features

Aesthetically, it is often preferred for noses to appear in harmony with other facial features. A qualified and experienced medical professional like double board-certified surgeon, Dr. Rizk can help determine if a nose adjustment is needed to create better facial balance. Contact our Manhattan office to learn more about the various treatment options for a more aesthetically pleasing nose. Dr. Rizk sees many local and out-of-town patients for various nose concerns.

What is considered a Big Nose?

What Causes a Big Nose?

A big nose can be caused by a number of factors. The most common being a large bump, over-projected tip, bulbous tip or a long nose due to a droopy tip or all of the above. Rhinophyma2, overgrown pores, can also cause the nose to appear bigger. Additionally, some chronic illnesses, such as rosacea3, can cause an increase in the blood supply to facial tissue resulting in inflammation and increased nose size. Also, certain medications may cause changes in facial features including an increase in the size of one’s nose and allergies.

Common Big Nose Concerns

People with larger noses often have concerns about their facial proportions. This can result in a lack of self-confidence or insecurities about their appearance. Some of the common concerns that Dr. Rizk is approached with include the size of the nose, its shape, and how it affects his patients’ overall facial balance.

People may feel like the size of their nose is disproportionate to the rest of their face. They may also be concerned about issues such as a bump on the bridge or an excessively wide or long tip. In addition, a big nose can cause functional issues, such as sinus complications and difficulty breathing. It can also impede proper vision due to the obstruction of a person’s peripheral vision.

In some cases, these issues can be addressed through rhinoplasty surgery, although it is important to discuss any potential risks and benefits with a qualified surgeon before making any decisions.

Big Nose Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure used to treat larger or misshapen noses. During the procedure, incisions are made either inside the nostrils or across the columella (the area between nostrils). The underlying structure of cartilage and bone may then be manipulated to create a desired shape. In some cases, tissue from other areas of the body such as the ear or rib may be used to augment the nose. The operation typically takes about 1.5 – 2 hours and is done under general anesthesia.

Post-surgery, patients may experience some swelling and bruising which should subside within a few weeks. Though rhinoplasty can be significant, it is ultimately a safe and effective way to achieve permanent results for those seeking to have a better-looking nose.

Meet Dr. Rizk Big Nose Job Specialist in NYC

Dr. Rizk is considered the best plastic surgeon to consult when it comes to reshaping or reducing a big nose because he has an extensive background in rhinoplasty, facial surgery, and reconstructive surgery. He also uses advanced techniques and technologies to ensure optimal results. You can book an appointment at (212) 452 3362 today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my nose so big?

This is a question often asked by patients seeking help with reducing the size of their noses. Every person’s facial features are determined by their genetic makeup, and this includes the size of their nose. The shape, size, and width of your nose are all determined by a combination of genetic factors. Additionally, there may be certain environmental factors that also play a role in the size of your nose. For example, certain skin conditions such as rosacea and exposure to pollutants or other irritants in the air could lead to inflammation in the nasal passages that can cause a swollen or enlarged appearance. It is best to consult a doctor if you are concerned that your nose size may be a result of a medical condition.

How to make a big nose look smaller?

A non-invasive way to make a big nose look smaller is to use contouring and highlighting makeup techniques. This involves using a darker color of makeup on the sides of the nose and a lighter color in the middle to create an illusion of narrowing the nose. Another option is to have rhinoplasty, or plastic surgery, done on the nose to permanently reduce its size.

How do you know if your nose is wide?

A wide nose has a low bridge or low nasal dorsum, which causes the center of the nose to appear wider than normal. Additionally, the nostrils may flare outward and/or have excessive visible tissue between them. An experienced facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Rizk can evaluate your nose and determine whether it is considered wide according to medical standards.

Can a big nose be made smaller?

Yes, a large nose may be reduced in size through rhinoplasty, which is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose by reducing or augmenting its size.


1NCBI. The large nose–an esthetic, but also a functional problem. W Gubisch . Available:

2Healthline. Rhinophyma. Medically reviewed by Judith Marcin, M.D. — By Anna Giorgi. Available:

3National Rosacea Society. All About Rosacea: Signs & Symptoms And Treatment. Available:

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