There is a famous quote by Gertrude Stein that “a rose is a rose is a rose” which however does not hold true for the nose! A nose that may seem beautiful on the face of a Caucasian lady would look equally bad on the face of an African! The “perfect” nose is therefore an individualized one depending on the size and shape of the face as well as the ethnic background of the individual.


There has been an ongoing debate about what an “ideal” nose should look like. In ancient times, large noses (Greek noses) were regarded as beautiful because smaller noses were typically associated with congenital syphilis. A nose with up-tilted nostrils was searched for by women in the 1930s corresponding to Myrna Loy which was the style prevalent during that time. Gradually, as the concept of facial proportions came into place, ideal proportions of the nose were worked out as well as the specific angles. However, it must be noted that all of these calculations are made by humans and imperfect noses which do not cater to these ideal proportions might look great on the faces of people as in the case of Meryl Streep.

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which imperfections in the nose are attended to. While the trend in the West is to go in for a “reduction rhinoplasty” in which a dorsal hump and a large nose are catered to, in the Indian subcontinent people mostly desire an “augmentation rhinoplasty” to cater to their flat noses which are considered unattractive.

Rhinoplasty is a very sophisticated form of cosmetic surgery and requires careful preoperative analysis. I tend to discuss the requirements of the patients in details and also provide suggestions regarding the suitability of a particular thing. For example, a patient may desire something that may not look good in his/her face. It is this careful analysis and discussions that underlie the success of any rhinoplasty surgery.

When doing augmentation rhinoplasty to prop up flat noses, I tend to use autogenous materials from the patient’s own body. I tend to avoid materials like silicone because of the prospect of complications in the long term. Most commonly, I will harvest a small piece of cartilage from the rib as also other materials to enhance the definition of the nose.

In Cosmetic Surgery Kolkata, you will have individualized attention towards your requirements. You would be demonstrated the possible effects of surgery by drawings in the preoperative phase. The surgery would generally be conducted under general anesthesia which means that you would be put to sleep during the procedure. You would be discharged in 1-2 days following the surgery. The results take a long time to appreciate and the final results would be apparent after a period of 1 year.

Therefore, consult with Dr. Adhikari regarding the prospect of the beautiful nose you have always yearned for: you can be assured that you would be happy with the results you get!

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