Can Rhinoplasty Make My Nose Look Like A Celebrity?

Q:  Dr. Eppley, I want to get rid of the little bump in my profile, and I’m wanting to smooth out my nose. It looks really bumpy in pictures and it usually looks bad in certain kinds of lighting. I would really love my nose to look anything like these celebrities: Carrie Underwood, Lauren Conrad or Blake Lively. I think their noses are great but I don’t know if they would look good with my face.

A: In looking at your pictures, your nose is bumpy because of the disproportion or asymmetries between the three regions of your nose. Your upper nose has wide nasal bones, the middle third or upper lateral cartilages of your nose is more narrow and the tip cartilages of your nose (lower alar cartilages) are separated or wide. When put together, this gives your nose an almost hourglass configuration in the frontal view as opposed to straight parallel dorsal lines. In the side view, this gives an uneven straight dorsal line with an upper hump and a downward dip in the middle third. This is why your nose appears bumpy and irregular to you.  A full rhinoplasty is needed to reshape all three areas to create an overall more harmonious blending of the three regions to create a smoother nasal appearance. I have done some imaging to show what these changes may look like. In regards to the celebrity noses you have mentioned, it is important to realize that rhinoplasty can not make your nose look like that of another person. Rhinoplasty can only make your own nose look better.  

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana