Ideal Nose

An attractive nose complements the face


The ideal nose harmonises aesthetically and proportionally with the face.

The ideal nose harmonises aesthetically and proportionally with the face.

Proportion and harmony define facial attraction. Proportion applies specifically to the shape of the nose in relation to the face. Understanding this allows a plastic surgeon to improve your appearance by altering the aesthetic proportions of your nose.

Creating proportion and balance out of ‘raw’ nasal tissue, cartilage and bone requires 3-dimensional artistic and surgical skills, advance training, experience and a thorough grounding in nasal anatomy; and more than 240 anatomical variables that ultimately determine the shape and function of your nose.

At the Nose Clinic, we use a series of inter-related triangular shapes to guide us through the complexity. So, if you were to impose a triangle onto an image of your face, you would notice that your nose, in relation to the overall proportions of your face, falls in the center of an inverted triangle formed by the line of your eyes, along the eyebrows at the top, and your mouth and chin at the bottom. We usually focus on this triangle while we’re talking to someone.

From a side view, a similar triangle would determine the dimensions of your profile. If you were to enclose the base of your nose, the tip and the nostrils in another triangle, you would notice similar proportions.

For each of us this ideal shape appears unique and different, and it is, yet each nose, tends to conform to the basic aesthetic rules determined by these triangles. A surgeon uses them as a reference when assessing a patient for Rhinoplasty. The closer your nose conforms to these ideal triangular shapes, the better the likely result.


Don’t do a ‘nose job’ to please your family or friends; do it to please yourself.
Don’t arrive for a consultation with preconceived ideas, or worse still, demand that the surgeon copy a celebrity nose. Be careful of prescribing. Your nose is unique; the anatomy may not support the changes you want.


We divide the external anatomy or shape of your nose into triangles and thirds. Whether you view your nose from the front, side or bottom, the shape remains a triangle.

We divide the nose into three distinct parts; the upper third bone structure and the two-thirds upper and lower lateral cartilage. The focal point is a triangle set in the middle third of your face.

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Rhinoplasty – External Triangles

Rhinoplasty – External Triangles



The lateral triangle or side view represents the outline of the ideal profile.

Viewed from the front, the triangle defines the outline of the ideal nose.

Even when viewed from below, the nose should retain the triangular shape. In any of the views the shape of the nose should not overlap the triangle.




Rhinoplasty – Functional Anatomy

Rhinoplasty – Functional Anatomy


Rhinoplasty – Functional Anatomy

The septum is made of cartilage and bone and divides the interior of the nose into two triangular spaces. These spaces are usually about the same size. On the lateral sides of the nasal cavity you will find the three turbinates — fixed bone and soft tissues — that swell or shrink in response to different stimulants or conditions.




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The Art and Science of Functional and Cosmetic Nose Surgery