Does Losing Weight Affect Your Nose?

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The nose is a vital organ of our face and play important role in respiration and communication.

The shape of the nose is not often a clinical concern unless it hampers a normal breathing process. While the shape of the nose can be a cosmetic concern for many women.

The shape of our nose does not change during the growth from childhood to adulthood, the size of the nose is changed.

Nowadays, staying fit is necessary to boost confidence and live a normal healthy life. People are now working more to lose weight. Some are even working more to build an aesthetic muscle-filled body.

There is a common question often asked, does losing weight affect your nose? As we already mentioned, the shape remains almost unchanged always, the size may get change sometimes.

To know, how weight loss affects the nose and its mechanism, complications and benefits read the entire article.


The Basic Anatomy of The Nose

The nose has a pyramidal shape. The root of the nose is located superiorly while the apex is located inferiorly and ends with a round tip.

The area between the root and apex is known as the dorsum of the nose.

The nares(opening of the nose) are located just inferior to the apex of the nose. It has margins;

  • Laterally – Ala of the nose
  • Medially – Nasal Septum

The contents of the nose can be classified as Bony contents, Cartilages, and muscles.

The bony contents include;

  • Nasal bone
  • Maxilla
  • Frontal bone

The Cartilages are;

  • Two lateral cartilages
  • Two alar cartilages
  • One septal cartilages

The muscles are;

  • Procerus
  • Nasalis
  • Depressor septi nasi

Knowing the basic anatomy of the nose would help you to understand why and how the shape and size of the nose change both physically and pathologically.

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How Does Weight Loss Affect Our Body?

Weight loss occurs due to many clinical conditions and also it’s done by ourselves to get slimmer.

When an individual reduces his diet, the body does not get enough energy from the dietary supply. The body gets the additional energy by using the fat of our bodies.

An obese or overweight person not only lowers his dietary intake but also works hard in the gym so that the body needs more and more energy and that burns more fats of the body.

The fat can be used from anywhere in the body but some common fatty areas are more likely to be affected first. The body areas from where the fat used first are;

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thigh
  • Breasts
  • Arm
  • Buttock

So, if you maintain a balanced diet and proper exercise routine, surely it would affect every fatty area of your body sooner or later and give you your desired shape.

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How Does Weight Loss Affect The Face?

Weight loss can make you more attractive and sharp-looking. As our face contains a considerable amount of fat, it can be burned by weight loss progress and provide a beautiful edge look.

However, the body uses some common fatty areas fat first such as breast, abdomen, buttocks hips, then it uses the other areas fats including facial fats.

How does weight loss affect the face
How does weight loss affect the face

According to some studies, one person has to lose at least 8-10 pounds to notice a change in the facial region. On average, losing 15 pounds of weight would provide a better shape to your face.

Fatty Areas of the Face

The weight loss process some fatty areas of the face that may include;

  • Buccal area
  • Chin area
  • Infraorbital areas (Lower part of the eyes)
  • Near the tragus
  • Below the ear

The mentioned areas are the most fat-containing area of the face. Losing a good amount of weight would affect those areas and bring you a sharp facial appearance.


Benefits of Losing Facial Fats

Along with the cosmetic benefits of losing facial fats, it also provides some health benefits.

The Cosmetic Benefits may include;

  • Sharp appearance
  • No double chin
  • Sharp jawline
  • Glowing skin
  • No undereye fats

Excess facial fats may indicate poor functioning heart, respiratory complications, liver disease, kidney disease, etc. Losing the facial fats and having a sharp jawline indicates you are healthy.


Does Losing Weight Affect Your Nose?

As we already mentioned that the fats get used by the body due to low dietary intake and high work rate. The body parts that contain extra fats get slimmer due to this mechanism.

Your nose does not contain any fat. It contains bones, cartilages, and muscles. So, weight loss does not affect the size or shape of your nose.

However, as the nose contains some muscles and is surrounded by other facial structures, some specific exercises may help you to reduce the size of your nose.

Note: The nose shape and size of a normal grown individual don’t change. It only changes by surgery or accident. Weight loss or gain does not have any effect on the nose structure, size, or shape.

The accumulation of fat around your nose may interfere with the appearance of your nose. While you gain weight, some fat accumulates on the side of the nose, and the nose may look smaller than usual.

On the other hand, while you lose some weight, the fatty tissues on the side of your nose eliminate and the nose may look more sharp and appealing.


Weight Loss Affect on Facial Skin

Your skin is made up of collagen and elastic fibers. The elastic fibers maintain the elasticity of the skin. As you grow older, the elasticity of the skin reduces and that’s why skin gets loose.

When someone gains weight, the skin gets stretched to provide space for the excess amount of fat. The elastic fibers of the skin cannot cope up if the weight gain occurs so rapidly. As a result stretch mark appears, often noticeable during pregnancy.

By the same mechanism, if someone loses weight too quickly, the skin cannot get tight by coping up with the fat loss process. It becomes unusual and unpleasant to see.

So, when you are losing weight, make sure you are following a medium to a long process. Following a one-month quick weight loss process not only affect your skin tone but also affects your health.


How To Make Your Nose Look Smaller?

Making your nose smaller isn’t an easy job. You have limited options to choose from. The possible and effective ways to make your nose look smaller may include;

  • Rhinoplasty (Nose job)
  • Nose Exercise
  • Wearing makeup



Rhinoplasty is a nose reshaping surgery. done by a plastic surgeon. It’s also known as a nose job.

Who Needs Rhinoplasty

  • Nasal size is not matched with the face shape
  • Nose width is much than your expectation
  • Any depression in the nose bridge
  • Nasal septa are asymmetrical
  • Any visible depression on the nasal bridge
  • Nostrils are large and wide
  • The nasal tip is uneven
  • Total nasal asymmetry

The Side Effects of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a safe procedure with very low surgical side effects. However, the common side effects of a rhinoplasty may include;

  • Temporary change in the skin sensation
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Nasal septal perforation (very rare)
  • Poor wound healing
  • Visible scarring
  • Skin discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Additional revisional surgery

In every surgery, these side effects can appear. They are not very common and almost all of them are temporary. Your doctor will discuss with you the side effects.

Result of the Rhinoplasty

The nose is a tiny organ of your body. A slight change in the nose can greatly change the appearance.

You may not notice the results immediately after the surgery. It weeks 1-2 weeks to notice the best result out of a rhinoplasty.

The surgeon would discuss with you your expectation and possibility before the surgery. Sometimes, the result may not match your expectation. In that case, you may have to undergo an additional revisional rhinoplasty.

The cosmetic surgeon’s advice is to wait at least one year before an additional revisional surgery because it requires seeing the final changes of the previous surgery.


Does Weight Loss Affect the Rhinoplasty Result?

The rhinoplasty is done only on your nose. It’s a nasal reconstruction surgery and does not include other organs.  Your nose does not contain any fatty tissues, it contains only bones, cartilages, and muscles.

Gaining or losing weight cannot affect the nose because of the absence of fatty tissues.

So, weight loss and rhinoplasty are not related. More specifically, weight loss does not affect rhinoplasty.

However, losing 10-15 pounds may change the structure of your face and the appearance of your nose. Losing so much weight also involves losing the facial areas fats such as buccal fats, chin fats, undereye fats.

Losing the fats around the nose may change the appearance of your nose despite the nose being unchanged.

If you are planning both weight loss and rhinoplasty at the same time, then going for the weight loss first and then rhinoplasty is the best choice.

If you have already done a rhinoplasty and thinking about losing some weight, then talk to your doctor to get a view of how your appearance could change.

The cosmetic surgeon’s advice is to lose weight slowly if you have a rhinoplasty.

However, you can go anytime for additional revisional surgery if you do not like your nasal condition.


The Rhinoplasty Cost

The average cost of a rhinoplasty is $5483. It’s not fixed and can vary according to your location, hospital quality, surgeon’s experience, etc.

This cost may not include;

  • Anesthesia fee
  • Operation theatre fee
  • Drug cost
  • Postoperative care


Nose Exercises

Some exercises can make the muscles around your nose slimmer and strong. Changing the shape of these muscles can make your nose look more attractive.

Exercise to Shorten The Nose

  • Use the thumb and index finger of one hand and hold the bridge of your nose
  • Push the tip of your nose upward with another index finger
  • Now pull your upper lip down and release after some time. You would feel downward pressure on your index finger and nose
  • Do it 10 times and relax
  • You may follow this exercise 2-3 days a week

Exercise to Sharpen The Nose

This is an easy and effective exercise. The steps are as follows;

  • Smile and push the tip of your nose upward with your index finger
  • Do it 20-30 times
  • It also strengthens the muscles around the nose

Exercise to Slim Down The Nose

  • Make an “O” by opening your mouth
  • Face upward to the ceiling and press your nostrils inside that much much so that you can breath
  • Repeat it multiple times a day

Note: These exercises are advised by professionals. If you have any respiratory or other health conditions, consult your doctor before performing any of them.

Wearing Makeup

Wearing makeup on special occasions can be an easy solution. You can change the shape of your nose as you desire.

Wearing appropriate makeup doesn’t have that many side effects while a rhinoplasty can cause some complications sometimes.

While putting on your makeup, make sure you have chosen the best products that match your skin tone and condition.

There are so many makeup tutorials over the internet, follow them surely you’ll be happy with the results.



Losing weight does not affect the size and shape of your nose. Your nose is made up of bones, cartilages, and muscles. There are no fatty tissues to get reduced or increased.

However, the appearance of your nose may change due to a change in the muscles and fats around the nose.

Gradually losing weight may make you and your nose more attractive. Try to maintain a balanced BMI, which is necessary for healthy living.

Last Updated on February 23, 2022 by Learn From Doctor Team

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