Although the final result of a nose surgery greatly depends on the surgeon’s experience and skillfulness, a surgeon can’t predict everything that might happen after the surgery. The bone structure of the nose, skin texture, and poor healing process, all impact on the final result.
When you see a person with a nose that is small but looks unnatural and weird, you can guess that they had a nose job — a botched or unsatisfactory one, of course. Some of the telltale signs of a bad rhinoplasty are:
Too upturned nose
Natural snub noses are common, but not many people have a nose that is extremely turned-up. Also called pug nose, this nose shape is popular — especially among women — but going too far in a nose surgery leads to an unnatural appearance. When was the last time you saw a person with a nose that looked scooped from profile and a nasal tip pointed to the sky?
Pinched nasal tip
When the nasal tip becomes too narrow, usually because of excessive removal of cartilage, it is commonly referred to as ‘pinched tip’. In this condition, it seems as if the top of one or both of the ‘alae’ (nasal wings) is shrunken or collapsed. A pinched nose can be congenital, but it might be a result of a botched rhinoplasty, a.k.a. removal too much of the lower lateral cartilage.
Pinched nasal tip (left) vs. normal nasal tip after nose surgery.
Too large or too small (or asymmetrical) nostrils
An unsuccessful nose job can make the nostrils too large or small, or asymmetrical in size and shape. A person whose nostrils are unnatural in terms of size and shape can be a victim of a bad rhinoplasty.