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How to Pick Your Nose

by | Dec 22, 2017 | Blog

Patients often visit our Edgecliff practice eager to tell Dr Marcells what they don’t want: “I don’t want this bump on my nose,” “I don’t want such a big nose,” “I don’t want unsightly nostrils.” There’s a bigger question to be addressed, however, and that is

“What do you want the shape of your nose to be?”

Scientist Identifies Top 10 Nose Shapes

In 2011, Israeli scientist Abraham Tamir released a ground-breaking study detailing the 14 most common shapes of the human nose. The study took into account four different parts of the nose: the nostrils, septum, cartilage and bridge. His findings were based on a review of nearly 2,000 photographs and pieces of art from Israel and Europe.

“It’s important to remember that this study is limited,” warns Dr Marcells. “It doesn’t appear to fully take into account the shapes of non-European or non-Israeli noses, as his subjects did not include African or Latino participants.”

  • Aquiline/Hawk Nose – pointed and dipping like a bird’s beak – Daniel Radcliffe, Barbara Streisand
  • Bumpy Nose – a bumpy shape with a noticeable curve in the dip – Owen Wilson
  • Celestial Nose – small and turned up –Emma Watson, Michael Jackson (post-surgeries)
  • East Asian Nose – slim, flat, with a short tip – Lucy Liu
  • Greek Nose – straight, bump-free bridge – Kate Middleton, Jennifer Aniston
  • Nixon Nose – straight bridge, with wide tip and curved end – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Nubian/Wide Nose – wide base and long bridge – Beyoncé, John Lennon
  • Roman Nose – sloping curve and exaggerated bridge – Tom Cruise and Ryan Gosling
  • Snub Nose – thin, pointed with an upward sloping tip – Helen Mirren

Finally, the winner of “Most Common Nose” is…

Fleshy – large and protruding – Mark Ruffalo, Prince Phillip, Albert Einstein. Fleshy noses were found in 24% of study participants, making it the #1 nose shape.

As part of its skin and beauty reporting, NBC news published a stunning gallery of noses, in human and art form, based on Dr Tamir’s research. It’s worth visiting.

Pick Your Nose for Your Personality

While noses aren’t exactly the next best thing after the zodiac, their shapes do appear to correlate to patterns in people’s personalities such as:

Long noses – good instincts and leadership qualities

Nubian nose – expressive, emotional, open-minded

Short noses – sensitive, kind

Straight noses – disciplined

Roman noses – ambitious

There’s a complete list at Diply.

Celebrity Noses are in Demand

The medical tourism company Health Travel Guides recently assembled a list of popular female celebrities’ nose shapes. From top to bottom, the in-demand noses belong to:

  • Jessica Alba
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Rachael McAdams
  • Natalie Portman
  • Ashlee Simpson
  • Britney Spears
  • Ivanka Trump

Nose-envy isn’t limited to women, of course. Men have their favourites, too. The list of most requested celebrity men’s noses includes:

  • Ben Affleck
  • Josh Duhamel
  • Jude Law

The #1 Thing Dr Marcells Wants You to Know

“The shape of your nose should be in harmony with the rest of your face,” says Dr Marcells, who talks at length with patients about their goals, as well as their facial bone structure. “My goal is to create an aesthetically pleasing, natural-looking nose that enhances the balance and symmetry of my patient’s features…not to make them look like someone else.” If you’d like to know more about rhinoplasty, please use our online enquiry form or call us. We’re waiting to hear from you.

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Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.

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