Ameliorate A Low Bridge With Or Without Surgery

Visible from the side, a nose with a low bridge sits too close to the face.

Combined with a wide bridge, a low-bridged nose may look out of proportion with the rest of the face when viewed from the front. It may also appear too short or bottom heavy, and the eyes may appear too far apart. This draws attention away from the eyes and more towards the bottom of the nose.

When a low bridge is combined with a projecting, upturned tip, like Victoria Beckham's, the result is a profile that looks scooped out. Often called a "ski slope nose," this kind of nose lacks definition along the bridge, making the eyes look washed out and possibly causing shadows in photos. It may even be accompanied by breathing problems and a lack of internal support.

Although a low bridge can occur naturally, it is sometimes the result of previous, overdone rhinoplasty.

To raise a low bridge surgically, volume is added with cartilage from another part of the nose. If there isn't enough available from the nose, it can be taken from the ear or rib.

If the bridge is too wide, the bones of the nose may need to be broken to make them narrower. If the tip is upturned, a skilled plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon can make it appear lower.

Injectable fillers are also an option for correcting a low bridge. Radiesse can be injected along the bone that runs the length of the nose to make it appear higher, with results lasting from one to two years. Although it may not completely correct the nose, an injectable like this can fill in the depressed parts for an overall improvement.