Women Seek the Regal Nose

March 25, 2013, Katy, TX- Last year, British women flocked to plastic surgeons requesting a nose job, inspired by the delicate and feminine nose of Kate Middleton. Now that trend has made it across the Atlantic and now American women want a nose like the young Princess.

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The nose is one of the most prominent features on the face, a too large, too small or a misshapen nose on an otherwise pretty face can diminish a person’s attractiveness and make them feel very insecure about their appearance, which can affect their overall happiness and outlook on life.

Rhinoplasty, which means to reshape the nose in Greek, was one of the first cosmetic surgeries performed. The procedure has been around for thousands of years, with the first variations appearing over two thousand years ago. But what is an attractive nose has changed over the ages; Greeks had their idea of a perfect nose, so did the Romans, Indians and so on.

Modern people, and doctors, too, have their own definition of a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing nose. Traditionally, early cosmetic surgeons would have defined the perfect nose as relatively small, straight and symmetrical. An attractive nose has pleasing contours that blend harmoniously with the other facial features.

In the 50s and 60s, when rhinoplasty was all the rage for women, the standard was to reduce the tip size and turn it up. In the 21st century, plastic surgeons don’t always seek to achieve perfect symmetry, instead choosing to sculpt the nose to enhance a person’s natural beauty recognizing that some asymmetry in facial features can enhance beauty instead of detract from it.

Although the standard by which people define the perfect nose has changed a bit over the decades,  the need to enhance the appearance of the nose hasn’t, and Kate Middleton has started a trend that may continue to grow over the next few years.

The New York Daily News reported at one plastic surgeon in the Big Apple has performed 100 surgeries for patients requesting Kate’s nose.  In the UK, requests for the Duchess’s nose have tripled, according to the Daily Mail. It can only be a matter of months for the trend to stretch across the country.

Carmen Lefreve, a psychologist that studies human faces, explained to the Daily Mail that the desire for Kate’s nose is evolutionary, “The symmetry of Kate’s nose, the angle between her lip and the tip of her nose and the minimal amount of nostril on show, are all near-perfect.”

Kate’s nose is perky, pert, it is youthful. One of the goals of rhinoplasty and many facial cosmetic procedures are to retain a youthful appearance and the nose is just as affected by gravity as other parts of the body. Older women may find that rhinoplasty takes years of off their faces.

Dr. John Freeman focuses his practice on the human face. His years of experience working on the various features of the face makes Dr. Freeman highly qualified to perform any type of facial plastic surgery his patients require whether they want a regal nose, a face lift or corrective surgery.