23 January 2012

Patients undergoing nose reshaping surgery want to look like themselves. This changing view of rhinoplasty – the medical term for nose reshaping surgery – has been noted by Robert Glasgold, a plastic surgeon from New Jersey. “Everyone comes in and wants to look like themselves,” said Mr Glasgold. “They don't want to look like they had their nose done.”Julius Few, a cosmetic surgeon practicing in Chicago agrees: “There’s no longer just one ideal appearance for the nose, there are many definitions of beauty now.” In 2010, 252,000 people had surgery to reshape, resize or reposition their nose, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and of these 29 per cent came from an ethnic minority group. This figure is up from 14 per cent in 2000 and many cosmetic surgery clinics are specialising in “ethnic rhinoplasty”, focusing on the preservation of a patient’s “signature” look. Cosmetic surgeons who specialise in the procedure also note that it is not just the demographics of patients that have changed but also the techniques. Now surgeons use cartilage grafts to create a stronger nose, as well as sanding tools rather than surgical knives for increased precision.