The nose undergoes a lot of changes throughout the life cycle. During our teenage years, the nose undergoes both shape and structural changes. But by the time women reach the age of 15 or 16 and men reach the age of 18, they will have developed their adult noses and the nose will remain mostly static for several more decades. However, eventually the nose will begin to change again as we continue to age, changes that may even become evident for some individuals in their 20s, although these changes usually begin in our 40s for the majority of people.
How Your Nose Changes As You Age
As we age, our skin becomes thinner. Over time, the nose weakens and loses support, causing the tip of the nose (or the nasal tip) to droop, making the nose appear longer due to cartilage changes. Ultimately, this is due to gravity, which will go on to affect other facial features in similar ways. While many people complain that their noses are growing with age, in reality, the nose does not actually grow in length — this is simply an illusion that occurs due to the drooping of the nose. This is also very normal. This “drooping” can make it look like you have a bump on the bridge of your nose. The bump might have always been there, but it becomes more visible as the skin thins. In people with thinner skin, they may notice these changes in their 20s.
A third change that can occur to your nose as you age is that you may notice your nose looks more projected. This is due to reabsorption of various bone and tissue.
What You Can Do About It:
If you are unhappy with your nose, you can undergo rhinoplasty. In fact, it is particularly common for those who are experiencing age-related changes to their noses to undergo rhinoplasty. Minor rhinoplasty can lift the tip of the nose to restore a sense of youthfulness. In turn, this will make the bump also go away, all with fairly minor downtime.
If you are interested in undergoing rhinoplasty for a more confident you, consider Dr. Oakley Smith. He is one of the best plastic surgeons in the country and the only one in Ontario that concentrates exclusively in the area of rhinoplasty. Contact his clinic today for a consultation.