Rhinoplasty: When your nose doesn't fit your face

By: Dr. Russell W. Kridel


Since the nose is the most prominent facial feature, if it is out of proportion, your nose may very well dominate your face. But, don't worry if you've ever been unhappy with the size or shape of your nose --- you are not alone. In 2012, more than 240,000 people had Rhinoplasty, nose reshaping surgery or, as some call it, a nose job.

Fortunately, Rhinoplasty is a terrific solution, so that you don't have to live with it for the rest of your life if your nose doesn't do justice to the rest of your face. Many of our younger patients state, "I want to change it now before I'm labeled as the person with the large nose." Other adult patients express that they want to be perceived by their individual personality rather than judged by their nose. Patients who have had nose surgery by Dr. Russell Kridel are amazed by the difference it makes in their self-esteem. And, for many people, that extra bit of confidence can make all the difference in the world. You may know that your nose does not fit your face, but how do you know what your nose is going to look like after surgery? To help with that visualization, during your consultation, Dr. Kridel will do computer imaging so patients can sit down and visually plan the goal for surgery together. Dr. Kridel takes the computerized images with him into surgery. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is one of Dr. Kridel's specialties. He has written over 60 articles and textbook chapters on Rhinoplasty and the techniques he pioneered are now taught in medical schools and performed all over the world. He has also been given the top award for surgical excellence, Mark F. Rafaty Award, by physician members of his medical specialty society, the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. For some people, the thought of Rhinoplasty surgery is daunting. However, the recovery from nose surgery is far easier than most realize and the amount of discomfort is far less than expected. Our patients consistently comment, "That was so much easier than I thought it would be. I can't believe how much better I look. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner." So, if you think your nose doesn't fit your face, consider Rhinoplasty surgery. But, be sure to select a facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Kridel that meets strict criteria for surgical skill and experience, such as:

  • Performs 75 to 100 Rhinoplasty surgeries each year
  • Written and published extensively on Rhinoplasty in peer-reviewed medical journals
  • Featured speaker on Rhinoplasty techniques at medical society sanctioned courses
  • Has over 10 years of surgical experience in practice
  • Completed additional training specific to facial plastic surgery, specifically an AAFPRS Fellowship
  • Provides before and after photos of actual patients during consultation
  • Completes a thorough medical examination of your nose, including breathing ability

--- Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.