The nose is an extremely pivotal component of the face. The nose projects the most outwardly relative to the rest of the face, and is essentially responsible for creating the overall facial profile. In Asian patients specifically, the nose is vital to the overall aesthetics of the face for several reasons. Eastern Asian and Korean faces are generally wider in comparison to the lateral length of the eyes. The nasal bridge is also relatively shallow, making the face appear wider than it already is. And lastly, an underdeveloped middle portion of the face creates flatness, which is only further emphasized by a protruding mouth. A shapelier nose is able to remedy this overall unbalance of the facial structure, bringing evenness, and therefore beauty, to the entire face.
Korean Asian rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” involves the restructuring of the nose, particularly between the nasal tip and bridge. The procedures generally enlarge the nose first, in an effort to balance the width of the face, and complement the distance between the eyeswhile lengthening the comparatively short Asian nose. The more detailed and technically complicated procedures add definition and shape to the nasal tip, which is the most crucial part of the nose. Korean rhinoplasty is often performed not only to produce an aesthetically pleasing nose, but also to improve the nose functionality.
Typically, it is recommended that Asian patients get a nose that is less defined with a very slightly rounded nasal tip, which maintains the natural ethnic appearance. In Asian patients, the size and shape of the nasal tip – along and its relation to the nasal bridge – comprises the definition of a beautiful nose. Thus, it is crucial for patients to understand all of the options available before choosing to undergo the operation. Rhinoplasty surgery is so influential among Asian patients that it has become the second most common form of plastic surgery performed next to double eyelid surgery.
The ideal nose
For both men and women, there are general standards for the dimensions of a nose that will add to the overall aesthetic of a person’s face. In both men and women, the inter-ala distance (i.e., the distance between outer edge of one nostril to the other) should be 1/5th of the size of the face and equal to the distance between the inner corners of the eye. Additionally, the nasal length should be 1/3rd the facial length while the nasal tip’s height should be 1/3rd the nasal length.
Aside from the general standards, there are separate standards for men and women when it comes to an aesthetically pleasing nose.
For men, a sharper and straighter nasal tip gives a more masculine look. Thus, a masculine nose has a straight tip at a 95-105 degree angle; a nasal bridge that has a very straight edge or a very slight hump; and a columella (area below the tip of the nose and located directly between the nostrils) that is only slightly viewable from profile view. For women, a slightly softer and upward tilted nasal tip is considered feminine. Thus, a feminine nose has a natural curve at the lower forehead (below the brows), a straight nasal bridge, and a slightly upward tilted tip at a 105-110 degree angle.
The purpose of Asian aesthetic surgery is not to replicate the look of any other ethnicity on Asian patients; the purpose is to enhance the features that patients already have. In other words, what appears suitable to one patient may not be as suitable to another. It is extremely important to consider the relative facial attributes in order to achieve the “ideal” nose for each patient.