Different Nose Shapes: Which One is Yours?

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Your nose is usually the first body part that attracts people’s attention. Your nose can also have a significant influence on your appearance and self-esteem, no matter its size or shape. You’ll come across many nose types featuring different nasal bone shapes, nasal cavity sizes, and cartilage structures. During rhinoplasty procedures, surgeons are able to smoothen, augment, and improve a patient’s nasal bones or cartilage, changing how these parts appear in the process.

Here are several of the different nose shapes that people have:

Fleshy Nose

The fleshy nose is bulbous in nature and has a large, prominent shape. More than 24% of human noses are fleshy, making it the most common nose type among individuals. CBS News has dubbed this nose type as “the Einstein,” alluding to the renowned scientist’s fleshy nose.

Celestial Nose

A celestial or upturned nose, which 13% of people share, features a small size, a dent at the nose bridge, and a protruding tip. The celestial nose is a popular option among rhinoplasty patients, thanks, in large part, to Emma Stone and other celebrities with this nose shape. Celestial nose corrections can sometimes go overboard, but leading board-certified surgeons have mastered this procedure.

Roman Nose

The Roman nose features a sloping curve that prominently protrudes from the face. It has an exaggerated nose bridge that usually features a small curve. People with strong, defined profiles, which roughly accounts for about 9% of the global population, typically have this nose shape, The Roman nose resembles the noses on the faces of many ancient Roman sculptures, hence its name. It’s also known as the Aquiline nose, a name taken from the Latin word for “eagle-like.”

Bumpy Nose

Bumpy noses feature bumpy outlines with subtle or protruding curves located at the tip of the nose. People with this nose shape are common candidates for rhinoplasty. This is because it’s relatively easier to smoothen bumps than any other procedure. Much like Roman noses, bumpy ones are also found in roughly 9% of the world’s population.

Snub Nose

Snub noses appear distinctly thin and pointy alongside a smaller, slightly curved silhouette. They also feature a subtle angle that goes upward at the tip. This structure is similar to that of a celestial nose, but the snub nose is softer and rounder. The nostrils can also be seen from the front of this nose type.

Hawk Nose

Hawk noses are named as such due to their similarities with the curved beaks of eagles and other predatory birds. They have a dramatic arched shape and a protruding bridge, making them look long and small. Hawk noses remarkably contribute to strong facial profiles. Less than five percent of individuals have this nose shape.

Greek Nose

The Greek nose is a popular nose shape among plastic surgery candidates. A remarkably straight bridge is the most prominent feature of this sniffer. This bridge is what makes the Greek nose one of the most aesthetically pleasing one of all nose shapes. It gives one an attractive profile since it usually doesn’t have any humps or curves.

You’ll find that many models have a Greek nose, which enhances the rest of their face. Many ancient sculptures and portraits pay homage to this nose shape, which is where it got its name.

Nubian Nose

The Nubian nose has a wider base with more prominent nostrils and a smoother, longer bridge. The latter gives it a longer appearance. This nose type is common in those of African descent. These individuals are regular recipients of plastic surgery and usually request for narrowing procedures.

East Asian Nose

The East Asian nose may vary from country to country but it is usually marked by a thin and flat shape with a shorter tip. This nose type doesn’t feature a nasion depression, a feature typically located between an individual’s brow ridge and nose bridge. Plenty of East Asian patients ask cosmetic surgeons to make their nose wider to complement their other facial features. On the other hand, patients with wider and bigger noses request nose reshaping to achieve something similar to the East Asian nose. Asian rhinoplasty is a person’s best bet to get his or her desired look.

Bulbous Nose

This type of nose has a curved tip that typically extends outwards. The nose’s position results in a bulbous and round silhouette. A swollen, disproportionate nasal tip usually causes a bulbous nose. There are also some cases where the tip appears deformed. There are even instances wherein the affected area permanently turns red.

Excessive nasal oil glands slightly lead to a bulbous nose or rhinophyma. But medical professionals still do not completely know what actually causes the condition. They usually associate it with acne rosacea, a skin disorder that results in reddened and dry skin.

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