How Can a Short Nose Be Corrected?

April 10th, 2017 / Back to Blog »

Rhinoplasty KnoxvilleWhen we look at another person’s face, we usually notice the eyes and the mouth. But when it comes to the nose, we typically only focus on it only when there is something unusual about it. One of the most common issues that patients call us about is a short, upturned nose. This is sometimes referred to as a “pug nose”, “pig snout”, or a “pixie nose” because it is typically shorter, meaning the bridge of the nose does not extend far enough from the center of the eyebrows down to its tip. In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the most common causes of this and how Dr. Hall goes about fixing it with a rhinoplasty. Knoxville patients that have a short nose or one that is upturned, we would love to talk with you about how Dr. Hall can give you the nose you’ve always wanted. Give us a call today at 865-973-9500.

Dr. Hall is one of the most respected and in-demand surgeons in the entire state of Tennessee because of how gentle he is and the incredible, world-class precision he brings to every procedure. Dr. Hall has built his practice from the very first day to be focused on the needs and concerns of the patients. That’s why Dr. Hall spends so much time with every Knoxville patient making sure they understand exactly what’s going on at every step of the process. On top of that, Dr. Hall travels abroad to give medical and surgical treatment to children and families that would otherwise not have access to it. We would love to hear from you so make sure you contact us today.

Common Causes of a Short Nose

While most people would assume that the most common cause of a short, upturned nose is simply bad genetics, in many cases it is caused a previous rhinoplasty. Knoxville patients that have had a rhinoplasty in the past that aimed at reducing the size or length of their nose may now have the opposite problem. This is often caused by the surgical scar contracting and pulling the tip of the nose upward.

Why Is a Short Nose Bad?

While a short nose may look fine on a smaller person, when placed on a larger, taller person it will look out of place because of the imbalance in facial proportions. As we mentioned earlier, the nose is one of those facial features that you usually only notice when there is something unusual about it.

Correcting a Short Nose with Rhinoplasty

Knoxville men and women that want a rhinoplasty to correct a short nose have a few very good options. The primary goal of these procedures is to push the tip of the nose down to lengthen the nose and also correct the turned-up tip.

Extension Grafting on the Septum

The septum is the thin strip of cartilage that separates your nostrils. With this method, a piece of cartilage is sutured to the tip of the septum to hold the tip of the nose down. The cartilage can come from the nose itself or the rib.

Extended Spreader Grafts

In this method, a longer strip of cartilage is used. This graft is placed higher up the bridge of the nose and extends down to the front. This longer spreader graft gives more support for the upturned nose to be “turned” down.

Short noses, especially after previous rhinoplasty surgery, can be very difficult to completely correct and “re-lengthen”.  When it comes to a rhinoplasty, Knoxville patients should always make sure to work with a board-certified surgeon that they trust and get along well with. Dr. Hall is not only a respected, board-certified surgeon, but our patients absolutely love coming to meet with him.

Give us a call today to get started at 865-973-9500.