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Understanding the Small Nose Dilemma

A nose that is too small, also known as a small nasal dorsum1, can create an imbalance in your facial proportions. This specific concern can affect your overall appearance, and understanding its causes and potential solutions is crucial to improved confidence in your appearance.

Understanding the Small Nose Dilemma

Can You Change the Size of a Nose That Is Too Small?

The good news is that a nose that is too small can be cosmetically enhanced. Some individuals opt for non-surgical options, often injecting different types of fillers for a temporary boost in nose size. Multiple injections can result in scar tissue buildup within the nose. A surgical intervention, specifically rhinoplasty, is often recommended for more permanent results.

Rhinoplasty for a Small Nose

Rhinoplasty, which is performed by NYC expert Dr. Sam Rizk, is a highly effective and versatile surgical solution for a small nose. During surgery, rib cartilage may be used to augment the structures you were born with. Dr. Rizk’s advanced techniques and experience make him a trusted choice for those seeking permanent improvements in nose size while maintaining your ethnic identity and overall facial harmony.

Why is My Nose Too Small?

  • Genetics: A naturally small nose can often be attributed to genetic factors. Individuals with a family history of smaller noses may inherit this facial characteristic, resulting in an imbalanced facial profile. Dr. Rizk understands the significance of genetic influences and incorporates this knowledge into treatment planning to achieve optimal results.
  • Age-related changes: As we age, our facial features can change, including a reduction in nose size in some cases. Dr. Rizk’s expertise in addressing age-related changes allows patients to regain a more youthful and balanced nose appearance.
  • Trauma: Accidents or injuries to the nose can lead to a small or misshapen appearance. Trauma-related concerns require specialized attention to restore both form and function.
  • Loss of Maxillary Support: Decreased maxillary support can contribute to the appearance of a small nose. Understanding the role of maxillary support is essential in addressing this specific concern. Dr. Rizk’s expertise allows him to create customized treatment plans that address underlying structural issues.
  • Excessive Tip Cartilages: Overdevelopment of the nasal tip cartilages may lead to a small nose appearance. Dr. Rizk’s in-depth knowledge of nasal anatomy2 allows for precise adjustments to achieve a natural-looking nose size and shape.
  • Loosening of Ligaments: Changes in the ligaments supporting the nose can impact its size and shape.
  • Unsuccessful Previous Rhinoplasty: Previous rhinoplasty procedures with unsatisfactory outcomes may result in a small nose that requires correction. Dr. Rizk specializes in revision rhinoplasty, offering patients the opportunity to achieve their desired nose size and proportions.

Consult the Expert: Dr. Rizk

Dr. Sam Rizk, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializes in addressing small noses through rhinoplasty. With extensive experience and expertise, he has assisted numerous patients in achieving their desired nose size and facial harmony. Book an appointment with Dr. Rizk if you are concerned about your nose that is too small.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I determine if my nose is too small?

Assessing whether your nose is too small involves considering its proportions to your facial features. A nose that appears disproportionately smaller may be a sign. A board-certified facial plastic surgeon can provide a professional evaluation and recommendations on how to address your concerns.

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.

Are there non-surgical options to address a small nose?

Yes, fillers are a non-surgical option to temporarily increase the size of a small nose. However, it’s important to note that fillers provide temporary results and need periodic maintenance whereas a rhinoplasty offers a more permanent solution.

What is the recovery like after rhinoplasty to address a small nose?

Recovery following rhinoplasty varies among individuals and generally involves some swelling and bruising. Dr. Rizk will provide specific post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery with minimal bruising. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a 2-4 weeks, with final results becoming more apparent over time. See our comprehensive list of frequently asked questions for more information.


1 National Library of Medicine – Nasal dorsum anatomy of major different ethnicities – surgical implications. A multicenter radiological study. Available:

2 Cleveland Clinic – Nose: Contents. Overview. Function. Anatomy. Conditions and Disorders. Care. Additional Common Questions. Available:

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