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What Are the Differences Between Male and Female Rhinoplasty?

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When it comes to rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, there are some critical differences between male and female patients. Understanding these differences is vital for both the patient and the surgeon to achieve the desired result. Nose surgery can be customized for different types of patients, such as those of Asian or African-American descent who want to keep certain ethnic features while eliminating other concerns.

Rhinoplasty Goals for Men and Women

One of the main differences between male and female rhinoplasty is the goal of the surgery. For women, the aim is often to achieve a more refined and feminine appearance. The goal is typically to create a more masculine and chiseled look for men. Both can also benefit from repairing functional concerns like a deviated septum or collapsed nasal valve to improve breathing.

Rhinophyma is another reason patients desire rhinoplasty. The skin and appearance of the nose become bulbous, enlarged and bumpy. The condition worsens with time as pores become more prominent and the skin thickens. Men are more likely to suffer from rhinophyma, but it is not entirely unknown among women. The condition often shows noticeable symptoms between the ages of 30 and 50.

Poor results from a previous nose job bring many patients to Dr. Khosh. He is world-renowned for his expertise and skill in Revision Rhinoplasty when men or women are unhappy with a botched previous nose surgery.

Male and Female Anatomy

Another key difference is the anatomy of the nose. Generally, male noses tend to have thicker skin, stronger cartilage and a broader nostril base than female noses. These factors can make the surgery more complex and require different techniques to achieve the desired outcome.

In addition, the overall facial structure must also be taken into account. For example, men typically have stronger jawlines and broader foreheads, which can affect how the nose is reshaped to maintain balance and harmony with the rest of the face.

Teen rhinoplasty is another procedure that requires attention to the facial anatomy. Dr. Khosh specializes in treating teenagers self-conscious about the size or shape of their noses. Male and female teens typically have smaller noses and faces, so specific techniques must be used to obtain the best results.

Procedural Considerations

When it comes to the actual surgery, there are some procedural differences as well. For men, the surgeon may need to use more grafts to create a more robust, more defined nose, while for women, the focus may be on refining the tip and reducing the overall size of the nose.

It is also important to note that recovery time may differ between male and female patients. Men may require more time to heal due to their thicker skin and stronger cartilage, while women may experience more swelling and bruising due to their smaller facial features.

New York Rhinoplasty Specialist

While there are similarities between male and female rhinoplasty, significant differences must be considered. Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS, understands these differences and works with each patient to achieve a successful outcome that meets their unique goals and needs.

Contact Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS, in New York, to schedule a rhinoplasty consultation to learn more about the procedure and how Dr. Khosh can customize your surgery to meet your needs and goals.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


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Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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