There are two main types of noses as far as rhinoplasty is concerned: bony nose and fleshy nose (meaty nose). The defining factor in differentiating between bony noses and fleshy noses is the thickness of the skin. Bony noses have thin skin or medium-thickness skin, but meaty noses have thick skin.

Because of the thinness of the skin in bony noses, the details of their structures are clearly recognizable. These noses generally have stronger cartilage, which leads to the nasal tip to be firmer with less likelihood of droopiness.

Erin O'Connor and her bony nose

English model Erin O’Connor has got a bony nose

On the other hand, fleshy noses do not reveal the details of their bony structure and cartilage because of their thick skin. Furthermore, these noses have weaker and thinner cartilage tissues.

fleshy nose of Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein had got a fleshy nose with a bulbous tip

Sometimes, however, the above general rule does not apply, i.e. a bony nose might have thick skin and a fleshy nose might have a thin skin with strong cartilages.


Different techniques are used to do a rhinoplasty for fleshy noses and bony noses. A challenge in meaty nose surgeries is the reshaping of the tip of the nose. In a fleshy nose surgery, a good result is achievable by refining the sides of the nose and reshaping the nose tip. However, because of the possibility of deformation of the lower part of fleshy noses after rhinoplasty, which is a result of their weak cartilages and heavy skin, new techniques are used to make a support for the nasal tip and prevent it from dropping.

In bony noses, small changes to the structure will bring remarkable results. Unlike meaty noses, bony noses do not have much fat under the skin. Swelling after surgery will be less severe in bony noses than fleshy noses. In bony noses, the surgeon must perform the operation with utmost delicacy so that there would be no asymmetry in the final result. Choosing an experienced and skillful surgeon will be the most important step in achieving the desired result from a boney nose surgery or a meaty nose surgery.


Natural nose job

In a ‘natural’ rhinoplasty style, smaller changes are applied to the nose, with the result being a nose with a straight nasal bridge rather than a curved one. Also, the angle between the nasal tip and the upper lip is not too wide in a ‘natural’ nose job style.

natural nose job

A typical ‘natural’ nose surgery

‘Natural’ style for bony noses

A ‘natural’ style for a bony nose means that the nasal tip is not made turned up (so-called retroussé nose) and the nasal bridge is not made too curved.

‘Natural’ style for fleshy noses

Fleshy noses usually receive ‘natural’ style rhinoplasty.

Fantasy nose job (dolly nose)

In a fantasy nose job, commonly referred to as ‘dolly nose’ in Iran, the nose is made very small and upturned (‘ski jump’ nose or ‘snub’ nose). It produces a favorable result mostly in bony noses and is suitable for and most attractive in small faces.

fantasy nose (dolly nose)

‘Dolly’ nose or ‘fantasy’ nose after rhinoplasty

Semi-fantasy nose job

A ‘semi-fantasy’ nose job style is something between the ‘natural’ style and the ‘fantasy’ style. The curve of the bridge is slighter and the angle between the nose and the lips is narrower than a fantasy nose.

semi-fantasy nose

A ‘semi-fantasy’ nose after rhinoplasty

Fantasy and semi-fantasy noses are more popular among women than men, who typically opt for natural style. The desired result in these two styles greatly depends on the skill and experience of the surgeon, as well as the type of nose.


Revision rhinoplasty, also called secondary rhinoplasty, is a second, third, etc. nose surgery aimed at correcting the result of an unsuccessful previous operation or adding some improvements to the nose after a not-so-bad nose job.

Most revision rhinoplasty cases have a previous unsuccessful or ‘botched’ nose surgery, either causing medical complications for them or resulting in a deformity or asymmetry in the nose.

A substantial fraction of rhinoplasty patients traveling to Iran are seeking a revision surgery after having a botched nose job in other countries (see the cases of JuliaIan, and Sebahat). This is while the satisfaction rate is high among patients receiving rhinoplasty in Iran due to the professional competence of Iranian nose surgeons, making them less likely to have to undergo a second surgery in the future.

Collaborating with some of the best rhinoplasty doctors in Iran (all with at least 12 years of experience), AriaMedTour offers guaranteed rhinoplasty, that is patients whose nose surgery result is not satisfactory due to medical malpractice on the part of the doctor, or his team, will be provided with a free revision surgery, as well as all travel services.

Latest Nose job Video Testimonials in Iran

Rhinoplasty video Testimonials can help you to make your decision! Below you see several nose surgery patients videos.

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