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Original Article
July 2004

The Ideal Nasal Profile: Rhinoplasty Patients vs the General Public

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn (Dr Pearson), and University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Drs Pearson and Adamson). Dr Pearson is now affiliated with Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla.

 

From the Departments of Otolaryngology, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn (Dr Pearson), and University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Drs Pearson and Adamson). Dr Pearson is now affiliated with Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla.

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2004;6(4):257-262. doi:10.1001/archfaci.6.4.257
Abstract

Objectives  To evaluate whether patients seeking reduction rhinoplasty hold a different concept of the ideal nose than does the general public, and to determine what features characterize the ideal nasal profile.

Methods  Twenty-seven patients seeking reduction rhinoplasty and 15 randomly selected members of the public evaluated a series of computer-manipulated photographic profiles using a pictorial visual analogue scale to rate their preferences for several variables. Center-scale images were created from mesh-warped ("morphed") computer averaging of 12 white women. Differences between the rhinoplasty group and the public group were then compared, as was each group's deviation from the center of the scale.

Results  Both groups preferred narrowly distributed differences from the "average" profile to a high degree of significance. No statistically significant difference was found between the ideal nasal profiles selected by the rhinoplasty group and the public group.

Conclusions  Reduction rhinoplasty patients do not appear to have a different concept of the ideal nose than does the public at large. The ideal nose, as it pertains to the ideal white female profile, has characteristics that differ from a mathematically averaged nasal profile.

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