An ideal nasal dorsum forms a soft curvilinear line from the eye brow that harmoniously passes through the radix down to the tip.  It appears “out of place” when the dorsum is flat, too wide, or too big as can be seen in the illustration below.



Since Rhinoplasty is a highly finesse procedure, it is important to have a clear idea of what you want to change.  Before going for a consultation, look in the mirror and identify what exactly bothers you. Knowing the basic anatomy of the nose will help you be specific in conveying what you want.

The nasal anatomy is the main reason why your nose looks the way it does. With this, it is vital that this anatomy be accurately assessed whether for first time or revision procedures. This accurate assessment entails the cooperation of the patient and experience of a skillful surgeon.

Below is an illustration of the parts of the nose which will help you evaluate your nasal features prior to the examination of the plastic surgeon.

Basic Parts of the Nose:

Radix Dorsum (commonly called as “bridge”): can be too wide, too big, too small, too narrow or deviated

Tip:                 can be too big, too long, too short, too pointy, pushed up, droopy, deviated, or bulbous

Alae:                can be too wide, bulbous, nostrils flare up or too big

Airway:             obstructed; must be examined individually

Columella:         skin between the nostrils

Most common complaints lie in the four above mentioned parts such as dorsum, tip, alae and airway.

Nose Parts