Over the years, the cosmetic surgery industry has almost always been synonymous to the female demographics.
It does not take a genius to recognize that the field of cosmetic enhancement is clearly dominated by women. A big portion of cosmetic surgery is about achieving youthful beauty, after all, which a majority of women would want to maintain. And this is apparent in statistical data across the world.
Based on the data gathered from both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetics Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), 2013 showed that 91% of the total cosmetic procedures – both surgical and minimally-invasive, were performed on women. And the same percentage was also reflected that in the UK, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). And it is even wise to think that the cosmetic surgery statistics in Australia is also reflective of this trend.
Overwhelming Female Rhinoplasty Trend
One of the top surgical cosmetic procedures among women is rhinoplasty. In fact, it ranks second to breast augmentation as a popular cosmetic treatment in women. Female rhinoplasty accounts for 74% of the total nose reshaping procedures performed in the US based on the ASPS Statistical Report for 2013. Being a central feature of the face, most women go seek out to get a nose job done to improve the overall balance of their features. There are also some who are unhappy with the shape of their nose, which may be considered to be too masculine for a female face.
The Female Nose
There are subtleties in the female nose that makes it entirely distinct and different from that of the male nose. Generally, women’s nose are 10% smaller than that of men. This is because there is less lean muscle mass in women compared to men. In replacement, women grow more fat mass. This is revealed in a study conducted by the University of Iowa, which correlates the difference in size to the different builds and demands of the two sexes.
Apart from the general size of the nose, there is also a great deal of difference when it comes to the width of the nose. If you look closely, the width of the female nose is thinner. To get a clearer picture of this proportion, imagine that the spacing in between the two eyes is equivalent to slightly smaller the width of one eye. If you compare it with men, the spacing is almost exactly the size of one-eye width, giving the male nose bridge a wider appearance.
If you also take a look at the profile of a woman, the projection of the nose slightly pushes out more compared to men with a more concave profile. Also, the female nose is shorter, has narrower nostrils and tends to have a more blunt tip. These, along with the fact that the skin of women is generally softer than men, create a delicate and very feminine nose characteristic.
And just recently, a study conducted by a group of plastic surgeons revealed the ideal shape of the woman’s nose, with some even calling it as the “perfect” female nose. As detailed in the DailyMail UK article, the “perfect” nose should be slightly upturned with the optimum angle rotation at the nasal tip measured from the lip up is 106 degrees. According to the research, this helps enhance and accentuate a woman’s look. In addition, a rotation that is less than 90 degrees makes the nose look droopy, long and more masculine.
This is based after digital portraits of young white women ages 18 to 25 were ranked online by 4,000 men and women of the same age group. The set of photos show women with a variety of nose rotation. The focus group discussion revealed that the 106 degrees is the most highly favorable and aesthetically pleasing. And according to Charles East of BAAPS, “There is a range of rotation that’s usually applied, which is 90 to 100 degrees for men and 95 to 110 degrees for women – this study has ended up somewhere in-between.”
Celebrities with the Ideal Female Nose
The article also went on to provide references of celebrities that have the same exact nose rotation. It listed Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale and Scarlett Johansson to all have the “perfect” nose with the standard of 106 degrees rotation. Also on the list is the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who has a 103 degrees rotation.
Interestingly, the duchess and wife of Prince William is the reference of one of the 14 nose shapes, which is aptly called as The Duchess, based on an Israeli study. The nose type is referred to be as straight-edged in shape that is found in a good number of paintings. It is no wonder why the Duchess and the above-mentioned Hollywood stars have become the popular celebrity references for women getting a nose job.
The Female Rhinoplasty Difference
With the difference in the anatomical structure of the nose, this also means that the aesthetic requirements of enhancing a female nose have a slightly different approach with male rhinoplasty. However, the surgical techniques of rhinoplasty are essentially the same in general.
But achieving a feminine nose means that the proportion must be taken into consideration. In most cases, feminizing the nose features involves narrowing or reducing the dorsum of the nose, reducing the tip and increasing the tip at a desired angle. The general goal is achieve a soft and gentle overall look that balances out the entire facial features, without making the nose standout too much.
However, it is important to take note that there is no particular set of rules when it comes to performing female rhinoplasty. Enhancing the central feature of the face involves a customized and personalized treatment that matches and harmonizes other facial features. A good nose job surgeon will closely look into your overall facial structure, which will give you that truly feminine nose that you are looking for. Also, the ethnicity plays a big part. So a woman of Asian descent will be approached quite differently from that of a Caucasian or Black woman.
It also makes a huge difference that you look at yourself closely in the mirror and see which part of your nose you want enhanced. This will help you to communicate your concerns and desired realistic goals to your doctor during your consultation.
If you are in Australia and considering getting a female rhinoplasty, you can trust Dr. Andrew Kim of the Advance Beauty Cosmetic Surgery will thoroughly assess your nose and give your recommendations for achieving a feminine nose that suits your overall features.
Dr. Kim has clinics in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. To schedule your free consultation, call us now for your booking.