Different Ways That Rhinoplasty Can Improve Facial Symmetry
Rhinoplasty is a common elective surgery for those who are dissatisfied with the shape or size of their nose. But an often overlooked benefit of rhinoplasty is its ability to improve facial symmetry, which can have aesthetic and health benefits.
Why Facial Symmetry Is Attractive
Human beings have bilateral symmetry about the sagittal plane, like many mammals. This essentially means that humans are naturally symmetrical on the left and right sides. According to Psychology Today, the standard explanation for why humans are wired to find facial symmetry attractive is it subconsciously indicates that one’s gene expression is “perfectly executed.” However, some aspects of the face may distort this symmetry, leading millions to opt for facial surgery.
How Rhinoplasties Can Promote Symmetry
Because the nose is at the center of the face, it can easily affect symmetry. This is often displayed in people with deviated septums, which means their noses may angle toward one side. Misaligned bone structure, whether due to genetics or an injury, can also distort the face’s natural symmetry. Other, more subtle elements can affect a nose’s symmetry, including bumps or disproportionately sized nostrils. With rhinoplasty, the bone structure can be realigned to balance the features in the face, restoring natural symmetry.
Added Benefits of Nasal Symmetry
Although having a symmetrical or straight nose can have aesthetic benefits, it can also improve one’s health. A deviated septum can lead to breathing difficulties, chronic congestion, and difficulty sleeping—a symptom that can affect multiple areas of one’s life. By addressing structural problems, rhinoplasties can alleviate these health concerns while helping people achieve their aesthetic goals.
William Franckle, MD, FACS offers four different types of rhinoplasty surgeries, including tip reshaping and nostril reduction. We also provide 3D imaging that can give patients a preview of their predicted results. If you believe a rhinoplasty could enhance the symmetry of your face, learn more by calling (856) 772-6500 today.