Nose Reshaping – Rhinoplasty
Also known as Nasal Feminisation Surgery, rhinoplasty originates from the Greek word ‘rhino’, meaning nose, and plasty, meaning ‘to form or shape’. There are stark differences between the genders, as males have larger and wider shaped noses with longer nostrils, and generally, bulkier tips. In addition, male noses tend to point forward or down, as opposed to women whose noses tend to point slightly upwards.
Moreover, the angle between the nose and the forehead and the nose and the upper lip tend to be more defined and sharper with men. Think of Dick Tracey, the crime fighting cartoon character with an over-exaggerated “L-shaped” nose. Lastly, imperfections such as dorsal bumps could be easily corrected during the surgery.
Although this may read as a common procedure, with trans patients, the surgeon has to create a feminized nose that fits the measurements of a redefined face. Many surgeons have worked solely on « bio » or “biological” women and men, and may not understand the particularities of a gender transition.
Dr. Bensimon has had years of experience with the trans community, and strives to work with his patients to ensure that their nose will appear completely, 100% natural. With this in mind, Dr. Bensimon recommends to patients that they forgo seeking out images of celebrities or noses that they may find attractive, as the shape and form may not work on their unique face.
Dr. Bensimon also practices a technique called open rhinoplasty, which offers far more control and precision than closed rhinoplasty. Dr. Bensimon could explain this process in greater detail during the FFS consultation.
Post care, the nose will appear bruised and inflamed. Cotton gauzes are placed in the nostrils after the procedure to prevent bleeding, and are removed several hours later. One extremely important point to note is that it takes the nose approximately three months to fully form post-surgery.