Nose Shaping Types: End-to-End Guide on Types of Correction

June 22, 2023
Nose Shaping Types

If you decide to correct your nose, you should not immediately run to the clinic and make an appointment for surgery.

The fact is that the nose is a very complex organ, and a separate surgery is prescribed for the correction of each individual defect. Therefore, in order for you to correctly understand which surgery you need before visiting the surgeon, we have compiled this guide with a detailed description of all types of nose shapes.

Types of nose correction

Cosmetic rhinoplasty

Reduction rhinoplasty


If you want to make your nose more slender, then you should consult a surgeon about reduction rhinoplasty.

In this type of nose shaping, the surgeon either operates on the entire nose at once or corrects bumps and humps separately. During this surgery, the cartilage or bone is reduced. If the nose is very large, the surgeon immediately reduces both elements. This is done to achieve the ideal shape of the nose, as well as the individual appearance that you want.

Augmentation rhinoplasty


Many patients are also concerned that their nose is too small. Mostly, it is either a genetic feature or the result of damage to the nasal cartilage. In any case, if you want to eliminate this defect, then you need an augmentation rhinoplasty.

During such surgery, either the patient’s own cartilage or a synthetic nasal implant is used. Using this material, the surgeon increases the overall proportions of the nose, thanks to which the nose gets a harmonious shape in relation to the patient’s face.

Refinement rhinoplasty


If you want to change the shape of the tip of your nose, for example, to make your nose sharper or emphasize its roundness, then you need a refinement rhinoplasty.

The surgical steps of this operation vary from patient to patient. If you want a sharper nose tip, the surgeon will remove the fatty tissue from the tip of the nose. If you want the tip of your nose to be rounder and softer, the surgeon will place several implants to harmoniously enlarge your nose.

However, do not forget that the tip of the nose is the most noticeable part of your whole face, so after any correction of it, your appearance will change dramatically.



If you think that your nose is too wide or your nostrils are too swollen, then in order to make it more symmetrical, you need to have an alarplasty.

During this operation, the surgeon removes a small piece of the nasal membrane that connects your nostrils to your face. As a result of carrying out this manipulation, visually your nose increases and your face becomes more harmonious.

Due to the physiological features of the body, it is sometimes impossible to carry out aesthetic rhinoplasty, since the internal structure of the nose does not allow for painless surgery changes.

Physical rhinoplasty



If your breathing is difficult due to genetic features or acquired defects of the nasal concha, then you need to have a turbinoplasty.

During this surgery, the surgeon removes the turbinate bone and the lining, leaving the other half of the lining to cover the area where the bone was removed. This increases the speed of healing and reduces the number of scars after surgery.

As a result, the patency of the patient’s airways and general breathing improves significantly.

Reconstructive rhinoplasty


If you have lost part of your nose tissue as a result of an accident, you will need reconstructive rhinoplasty to correct it.

During this surgery, the surgeon takes skin grafts from other parts of your body. They replace damaged or lost tissues. As a result, the shape of the nose returns to its pre-traumatic state.

However, it is worth understanding that reconstructive rhinoplasty is a very complex procedure. You may need to perform several operations to get the expected results.



If you have a congenital or acquired deviated nasal septum, then you need to undergo a septoplasty to correct this defect.

In this surgery, the surgeon reshapes the wall inside your nose that separates the two nasal chambers, or nostrils, into left and right. It can be done as a stand-alone procedure or as part of a complete rhinoplasty. As a result, all annoying nasal symptoms disappear, and your nose will look much more aesthetically.

Corrective rhinoplasty

Revision Rhinoplasty

If you are not satisfied with the results after primary rhinoplasty, then you need to have a revision rhinoplasty.

During this operation, the surgeon corrects the aesthetic and physiological consequences that occurred after the first operation. The anatomy of the nose is restored and possible problems with breathing are corrected.

Repeat rhinoplasty requires a very deep competence of the surgeon, so be very responsible when choosing a doctor for revision rhinoplasty.

Secondary rhinoplasty


If 5-10 years after the initial rhinoplasty, you want to update the shape of your nose, you need to have a secondary rhinoplasty.

During this operation, the surgeon reshapes the structure of your nose according to your new wishes.

However, it is worth understanding that if for secondary rhinoplasty you turn to a different surgeon, then this expert is unlikely to be able to implement all your wishes. During primary rhinoplasty, each surgeon puts his own special style into work.

Effect of rhinoplasty on the respiratory system


Since a very thorough examination of the patient is carried out before rhinoplasty, and surgeons use only modern techniques, in the absolute majority of cases, this surgery does not have any negative effect on the nasal system.

In some cases, patients may have difficulty breathing for several weeks after surgery due to compression of the nasal valve. But with the help of minimal correction, the surgeon can solve this problem very quickly.

Post-surgery period, the patient requires very careful monitoring of his health. Therefore, we recommend that you read the rules to be followed after rhinoplasty.


In general, before a visit to the surgeon, you should realize what exactly the result of nose shaping you want to get. Do you want to do one of the aesthetic corrections, or a physical or repeat rhinoplasty?

Only by finding the answer to this question the surgeon will be able to understand your wishes and shape the nose of your dreams.


👃🏼 What are the main types of nose correction?

The main types of nose correction are cosmetic rhinoplasty, physical rhinoplasty, and corrective rhinoplasty. Cosmetic surgery is intended for aesthetic improvements, physical surgery for the elimination of congenital and acquired injuries of the nose, and corrective surgery for improvements the results of the primary surgery.

🤕 How to shape the nose after an injury?

If you have suffered an injury to your nose, you need reconstructive rhinoplasty to restore its anatomy.

🧑‍⚕️ How to change the shape of the nose after rhinoplasty?

If, sometime after receiving the rhinoplasty, you want to update the shape of your nose, then for this you need to have a secondary rhinoplasty, during which the surgeon will restructure the nose according to your wishes.

🏥 How to completely change the shape of the nose?

Rhinoplasty is not a magic pill, so you should not expect that the surgeon will be able to completely change the shape of your nose. An upgrade is possible rather than a replacement.

🤒 Does the face change after rhinoplasty?

Due to modern technologies, after rhinoplasty, surgeons carry out facial harmonization. Therefore, the new nose looks quite harmonious. Exceptions are only very complex operations, such as refinement rhinoplasty.

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