Written by Karah Frizzell

Ask the Doctor: What is considered a perfect nose?

The concept of a “perfect nose” is subjective and has varied over time, across cultures, and between individuals. However, in the context of cosmetic surgery and aesthetics, certain proportions and features have been popularized as ideal or more harmonious with other facial features. Here are a few considerations:

  1. Symmetry: Symmetry is often cited as a hallmark of beauty. A nose that is symmetrical from one side to the other is frequently considered more attractive.
  2. Profile: Some people prefer a straight profile, while others might desire a slight curve or a refined slope without pronounced bumps.
  3. Proportions: The golden ratio (approximately 1:1.6) has been touted as a guide for aesthetic proportions in various features of the face, including the nose.
  4. Nasal Tip: A slightly upturned nasal tip is often seen as youthful and attractive in many Western cultures. However, this preference can vary.
  5. Width: In many Western beauty standards, a nose that isn’t too wide or too narrow for the face — typically when the width of the nose at its widest point is about the distance between the eyes — is often considered ideal.
  6. Nasal Length: A nose that aligns roughly with the inner corners of the eyes at the start and ends about above the lip line is sometimes considered proportionate.
  7. Nostril Size and Shape: Excessively flared or large nostrils are often cited as less desirable in some beauty standards. However, again, this is subjective.

However, it’s crucial to stress that these standards are far from universal:

  • Cultural Differences: The “ideal” nose in one culture can be vastly different from another. For instance, in some African, Asian, and Middle Eastern cultures, a more robust or distinctive nose is often seen as a sign of beauty, character, and strength.
  • Changing Trends: Just like any other beauty standard, what’s considered a “perfect” nose changes over time. Past eras and decades had different ideals.
  • Individual Preferences: Beauty is deeply personal. What one person considers a flaw, another might see as a unique and attractive feature.

The most important consideration, especially for anyone thinking about cosmetic surgery, is personal satisfaction and well-being. If someone is considering rhinoplasty or any cosmetic procedure, they should do so for themselves, not to meet someone else’s standard of beauty. See some examples of our patients at Rhinoplasty (Nose) | Richmond ENT.