Rhinoplasty Trends: Enlarging Small Noses With Implants Or Grafts

When many people think of rhinoplasty, or "nose jobs", they think that only people who want smaller or more refined noses are good candidates. While removing bumps on nose bridges and refining larger nose tips are still popular procedures performed by cosmetic surgeons, more patients with small noses are realizing they can take advantage of rhinoplasty to make their noses larger and more shapely. 

Eiffel Nose Popular in China

A rhinoplasty procedure becoming very popular in China has been dubbed the "Eiffel Tower Nose Job," as the final result is said to mimic the slope of the Eiffel Tower in France. While the name makes the procedure sound somewhat odd, the technique used is nothing new to the world of plastic surgery. While you may not want a nose that looks like this famous building, this story can help remind you that shaping and enlarging a small nose is possible. 

Augmentation Rhinoplasty Basics

The official name of the technique used to add shape to small nose is called augmentation rhinoplasty. The difference between augmentation rhinoplasty and typical rhinoplasty is that additional materials, such as artificial implants or grafts of cartilage or bone from a patient's own body, are added to the nose during augmentation. Typical rhinoplasty surgeries mostly involve removing excess bone and tissue from the nose to shape and reduce size of the nose. 

Synthetic materials used to add bulk to a small nose include silicone and polyethylene implants. Some surgeons prefer to harvest tissue from the patient's own body, including bone or cartilage from ribs, and material harvested from the temporalis fascia, which is tissue located above the ear and under the scalp. 


Although augmentation rhinoplasty can be a bit more complicated than rhinoplasty procedures that only remove nasal tissues, the risks for most rhinoplasty procedures are about the same. If surgery is performed to remove tissue from other areas of the body to use for grafting, then there are, of course, additional risks of this extra procedure that will require an additional area of the body to heal along with the nose. 

When performed by a cosmetic surgeon with experience in augmentation rhinoplasty, this procedure can be relatively safe for people who are in good general health. As with any other cosmetic procedure, bloodwork and other tests to ensure good health before undergoing anesthesia and the procedure as a whole are very important. 

Many people with small noses think that nose jobs are only for people who have large noses they want to make smaller. The recent surge in nose-enlargements in China is a good reminder that people with small noses can also benefit from rhinoplasty to restore their self-confidence.