Rhinoplasty in Men
Men present specific management issues with regard to rhinoplasty. When approaching rhinoplasty in men, Drs. Solieman and Litner take time to understand their functional as well as aesthetic concerns. There is no question that nasal injuries secondary to sports, altercations, or other mechanisms frequently involve men, and it is reasonable for these patients to wish to have the nose returned to a preinjury state without other modification. In fact, a very common presentation to Beverly Hills Profiles is the man who presents for evaluation of nasal obstruction with a history of previous trauma and who also notices that his nose is crooked or irregular since his injury.
The use of computer imaging enables your surgeon and you, our patient, to establish a common goal addressing all of your concerns. Drs. Litner and Solieman recognize that, unlike the female aesthetic, which has varied with the changing role of women in society, the handsome male aesthetic has not changed since the days of the Renaissance.
In general, most of these complaints arise from characteristic changes that have given the nose a more feminizing appearance. Specific characteristics common to men must also be taken into consideration. For instance, when compared to women, men tend to have thicker skin and stronger cartilages, factors that may influence outcome.
Finally, a note should be made regarding proper evaluation of the chin in male patients. Oftentimes men complain of a poor profile with an overprojecting nose (a nose that is too big). On closer evaluation, however, it becomes readily apparent that it is a small or ‘weak’ chin that may be causing the nose to look too big. Occasionally, the patient has already recognized this inherently and hides this deficiency by growing facial hair to conceal the perceived deficit. In these patients, chin augmentation allows the surgeon to be more conservative in reducing the nasal bridge, thus allowing for preservation of a stronger profile.