What makes the nose such an important part of the face?

Why is the nose so important that we have to have a plastic surgery procedure for it? Or, let’s put that another way: what makes the nose special? Clearly, the nose has an incredibly important function: it helps you breathe and it helps you smell. But there are also some aesthetic features that make the nose incredibly important to the overall balance of the face. So why is the nose so important aesthetically? It’s all about balance.

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First of all, you breathe through your nose. That’s pretty important, right? So when we ask this question–the question that’s in the title of our piece, why is the nose so important–we already take for granted that you use it for breathing. What we really mean is why is the nose so important aesthetically.

Why is the Nose So Important to the Aesthetics of the Face?

Because, sure, the nose is incredibly important when it comes to your respiratory system. That said, you don’t always need to breathe through your nose. There are plenty of people who happen to mostly breathe through their mouths.

We’re more interested, however, in the role the nose plays aesthetically. You might not think about your nose in that way very often. Perhaps for you it’s simply a tool to get your breathing or smelling done right. But there’s no denying that the nose plays a very powerful aesthetic role in your face. In other words, the nose is aesthetically important even if it doesn’t, at first, seem like it. The how and the why of that is what we’ll be looking into today. That’s why we’re asking, why is the nose so important to the aesthetics of the face?

The Nose is the Centerpiece

Have you ever gone to a fancy holiday meal, the kind where your whole family gets together and sits around a long table. Often, that table will have some kind of centerpiece. It may not be food (though, strangely, it may look like food), it might be some kind of sculptural detail or something.

The point is that the centerpiece might seem like it’s not serving any purpose at all. But that’s not the case. Instead, the centerpiece is what draws all of the other decoration together. In other words, the centerpiece (whatever it may be) is like the glue that binds everything else together into one cohesive image.

Your nose is a lot like the centerpiece of your face. It ties your eyes, mouth, ears, hairline, everything together. You might not always notice or appreciate that your nose is doing this (in fact, for most people, the ideal is that the nose goes completely unnoticed). If you want proof of the aesthetic power of the nose, all you have to do is take a look at what happens when the nose gets a little out of whack. In some of those cases, people can notice that the proportions of their faces look, well, off. And those same people can spend a significant sum of money on plastic surgery designed to reassert those proportions.

Can You Fix the Nose?

Okay, so, the nose acts as a kind of centerpiece. That’s one of the reasons that it’s so important. That importance can be summed up like this: The nose is important because people don’t usually notice it as an individual component. This allows the nose to balance out the rest of the face. But there are cases where the nose tends to, well, stick out.

When people are uncomfortable with the size and shape of their nose, they can go about correcting it in one of two basic ways:

  • Surgical rhinoplasty: You’ve heard of the so-called nose job. This is the surgical procedure that is designed to change the shape or size of the nose. Surgeons can do this by making a small incision on that piece of tissue between your nostrils. A little bit of manipulation of the skin then gives them access to, essentially, the entirety of the nose, where they can then make alterations. Surgical rhinoplasty can make big, bold changes to the nose but it does tend to incur a significant recovery period (sometimes between six and twelve months).
  • Non Surgical Rhinoplasty: In the early 2000s, a non surgical nose job alternative was developed using dermal fillers. This procedure consists of a series of injections (dermal fillers are injected into the nose; which filler in particular is often up to the individual surgeon and the patient). The purpose of these injections is to immediately change the size and shape of the nose. Non surgical rhinoplasty is nice in that it offers patients immediate results without any downtime. The downside of this procedure is that the results tend to be temporary, subtle, and the procedure is only capable of adding volume (not removing volume).

Getting the Nose You Want

Whether a surgical or non surgical rhinoplasty option is best for you will depend on what you’re overall goal happens to be. But the point is that if you don’t like your nose, it’s possible to change it. Now, that’s not going to be the best thing for everyone. Some will embrace the individuality and uniqueness their nose brings.

Others will simply be looking for a way to escape the discomfort that their noses create. There’s no one right solution for anyone. But it is pretty certain that the nose is important, both functionally and aesthetically. Why is the nose so important? Because hardly anyone notices it.


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About the Author: Dan Voltz is a marketer who specializes in plastic and cosmetic surgery. He has been writing about various plastic surgery topics for over four years, helping to connect patients to ideas and topics that they care about.

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