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What Makes a Nose Beautiful?

Jacky Gale | March 29, 2017 | Posted in Rhinoplasty Surgery

woman's face being measured for rhinoplasty

The nose that you’re born with might not be your idea of the perfect nose, although opinions vary widely on exactly which defining characteristics do comprise the perfect nose. In truth, because everyone has a unique face, the proportions, shape, and size of the perfect nose will be different for everyone.

If you’re dissatisfied with the nose you were born with or you had a previous rhinoplasty with unsatisfactory results, we invite you to visit New York City plastic surgeon Thomas Loeb—a specialist in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and teen rhinoplasty.

Balanced proportions and symmetry

Although beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, symmetry is perhaps the most universally accepted measure of beauty. As a general rule of thumb, humans are naturally attracted to other humans who have superior symmetry. The perfect example of this is Hollywood. Movie stars like Denzel Washington and Charlize Theron have been calculated to have nearly perfect facial symmetry.

Plastic surgeons can assess facial symmetry by visually dividing the face into thirds. The upper third extends from the top of the forehead to the eyebrows. The eyebrows to the bottom of the nose comprise the middle third, and the lower third extends from the bottom of the nose to the bottom of the chin. Vertical symmetry is achieved when the nose fits perfectly into the middle third of the face.

Horizontal symmetry is another important consideration. By dividing the horizontal view of the face into fifths, the ideal nasal width should be equivalent to the width of the person’s eyes.

A second universally accepted measure of beauty is the Golden Ratio. Also known as the Divine Proportion, the Golden Ratio is 1.618. This ratio has been hailed through the centuries as reflecting perfect proportions found in renowned works of architecture and art, as well as nature. From nautilus shells to beautiful noses, the Golden Ratio is found everywhere, and a skillful plastic surgeon can apply the Golden Ratio to evaluate the ideal proportions of a person’s face and nose.

Defining characteristics of a nose

Of course, there is no specific formula to follow when crafting the ideal nose. This is why it’s so crucial to choose a plastic surgeon who has both technical expertise and a true sense of artistry. When developing your own idea of your perfect nose, consider its proportion to the rest of your face, size, shape, angle of contact with the face, and defining characteristics. Some people are pleased with the overall appearance of the nose, but wish to have rhinoplasty to remove a bump. Others may wish to adjust the angle of contact of the nose with the face. It’s important to clearly communicate your expectations for the outcome when you consult your plastic surgeon.

Consulting a skillful plastic surgeon

Rhinoplasty patients are invited to schedule a confidential consult at the Manhattan office of Dr. Thomas Loeb. Dr. Loeb combines his exceptional technical expertise with an unsurpassed sense of artistry to give patients the results they love. Schedule your consultation in NYC by calling today,212-327-3700 .

Additional “natural rhinoplasty” resources

  1. Mayo Clinic, Rhinoplasty,
  2. MedlinePlus, Rhinoplasty,
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