Upturned Nose Correction: Causes and ProceduresFacial Plastic Surgery
Upturned nose, also known as the piggy nose or pixie nose, is a condition in which the tip of the nose angles upwards. Although this type of nose shape does not cause medical issues, it may make the nose look shorter, narrower, and less proportioned with other facial features. Today, surgical and nonsurgical methods reconstruct your upturned nose and alter its shape according to your taste. This article discusses different aspects of upturned-nose rhinoplasty and answers some of your questions.
What Are the Causes of an Upturned Nose?
Many factors, from genetics to an unsuccessful nose job, can cause the tip of the nose to point upwards. In the following, we mention four main causes of an upturned nose.
Like other parts of the body, the shape and size of the nose highly depend on your genetic heritage and the environment that your ancestors lived in.
- Trauma and injuries
Breaking the nasal bone during an injury or severe trauma such as falling, being hit in the nose during ball sports or contact, a car crash, being punched in the face, and walking into a hard object (such as a glass door) can alter the shape of your nose and make it look upturned.
- Failed rhinoplasty
In some nose surgeries, where the surgeon is not experienced enough or the patient's expectations are unclear, the nose may get too short and upturned.
- Birth defects
Despite being rare, some gene mutations can negatively affect the development of facial features.
Upturned Nose Rhinoplasty
If you are unhappy with how your nose looks, rhinoplasty or a nose job is one of the best options because of its dramatic and permanent results. Correcting an upward nasal tip is challenging as it involves placing a bone or cartilage graft at the bottom of the septum to make the nose look longer and wider. The surgeon can use artificial or natural grafts taken from ribs or ears.
A nose job on an upturned nose is mainly done under general anesthesia and has a two-week recovery period involving moderate pain, swelling, and bruising. Although both open and closed techniques can be used during this operation, most surgeons prefer open rhinoplasty as they have more access to the nose's internal structure.
Nose Job on Upturned Nose: Recovery
The procedure and recovery time of a nose job on an upturned nose is the same as standard rhinoplasty. Depending on your skin type and how well you take care of your nose during recovery, it takes six to 12 months for your nose to recover fully. Fortunately, most swelling and bruising subsides within three months following the operation, but you need to wait at least a year to see the final results of your surgery.
During the recovery period of an upturned nose rhinoplasty, consider the following points:
- Apply a cold compress under your eyes and on your forehead to minimize the swelling and bruising;
- Avoid any activity that applies pressure on your nose or strains its sutures;
- Avoid direct sun exposure;
- Use contact lenses instead of eyeglasses;
- Do not blow your nose;
- Avoid allergens and airborne particles that make you cough or sneeze;
- Take your prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection;
- Avoid wearing makeup for at least six weeks;
- Avoid smoking and drinking for three months after the surgery;
- Take OTC medications if you have severe pain or nausea;
- Refrain from taking aspirin, herbal supplements, and unprescribed dietary supplements, as they may interfere with your wound healing process.
Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty on Upturned Nose
If you prefer not to undergo surgery, use the following techniques to make your nose look less projected. Remember that these methods will only eliminate your problem for a short time, while the upturned nose rhinoplasty is the only permanent solution.
Use makeup products: you can use makeup products to contour your nose and make it look longer. Also, you can draw everyone's attention to your other facial features by using smoky eyeshadows, shiny lipsticks, highlighters, etc.
Get a nonsurgical nose job with injectable fillers: non-surgical rhinoplasty involves injecting gel-like substances such as hyaluronic acid into different nose parts to make its tip less projected. After injecting fillers, the surgeon forms the gel with his/her hands and changes the shape of your nose based on your taste. This non-invasive method takes less than an hour; its recovery period is 24 to 48 hours, and it has minimal complications (rare necrosis and nerve damage). However, its results are not permanent, and you have to repeat the procedure every 12 to 18 months.
Upturned Nose After Rhinoplasty Surgery
A nasal tip with a dramatic upward angle is a rare complication of rhinoplasty because most surgeons try their best to make the nose look natural. However, despite many consultation sessions and the surgeon's best efforts, sometimes an upturned nose occurs after this surgery. If a large cartilage and bone are removed from the nose, the nasal tip turns upwards, and the nostrils become more apparent. In such cases, a revision rhinoplasty is needed to reshape the nasal tip desirably.
Remember that revision rhinoplasty is more complicated than initial rhinoplasty, as the surgeon has to make incisions on the scarred tissues and add grafts to the manipulated cartilage. Therefore, finding a creditable and reputable surgeon for the first nose job is necessary to prevent further complications.
FAQs About Upturned Nose Rhinoplasty
1) Is an upturned nose attractive?
An upturned or piggy nose is one of the most attractive nasal shapes for women, but most men find Roman or Greek noses attractive for their gender.
2) Does upturned nose rhinoplasty have any risks?
This surgery is quite safe and usually does not cause serious health problems; however, in some rare cases, it may cause damage to the nasal septum, breathing issues, and chronic infection.
3) Is revision rhinoplasty for an upturned nose worth it?
If you are dissatisfied with the results of your primary nose job, revision rhinoplasty is worth it as it can improve the function and shape of your nose. However, make a mental note that you should wait at least a year for the swelling to go down before getting a revision nose job.
4) How long does an upturned nose last after rhinoplasty?
The nasal tip has thicker skin and is more prone to swelling, so it takes at least eight to 12 months for its inflammation to go down.
5) Will an upturned nose drop after rhinoplasty?
The short answer is yes. Once the swelling goes down and the cartilages settle in their new position, the nasal tip drops gradually.
6) How do you fix an upturned nose?
The best and most permanent treatment for an upturned nose is rhinoplasty, but you can also try nonsurgical methods such as injecting fillers and using makeup products.