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Nose Exercises Vs Rhinoplasty







Q

"Hello! I recently suffered an injury to my nose during boxing and when it was healing I noticed that my nose had become crooked. I was thinking about getting nose surgery [rhinoplasty] to fix the problem, but someone told me about nose exercises you can do that can fix various problems. Does nose exercises really work?" - J.F.

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Hello J! Good news, yes, nose exercises may be the answer to your problem if the damage isn't too severe. And judging by the number of boxing related nose injuries you won't be the only one who will be interested in this solution.

Damage to the nose muscles on one side or the other can cause the tip of the nose to go crooked. It reportedly can also be caused by sleeping on one side of the face too much, overuse of the muscles on one side of the nose, or even something simple like losing weight and the muscles in one side of your nose losing some of its muscle density... and of course getting punched repeatedly in the nose.

Regardless of the cause of the damage, if the damage is minor then it can be fixed using a variety of nose exercises.

1. Squinting the Nose

Basically all you do is smile and try to squish your nose upwards using the muscles within your nose. No hands required. This upward "squinting" of the nose will add more girth to muscles in the sides of the nose and, assuming you do it evenly, both sides of the nose will auto-correct themselves with time until they're both equally muscular.

Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat 20 to 30 times daily until your nose muscles straighten out.

2. The Nose Shortener

This exercise isn't so much to repair damage as it is to prevent long term degradation of cartilage within the nose. As you get older your nose continues to grow, and the cartilage in the lower section may weaken and then separate from the upper part of the nose. This often gives the appearance that a hump has developed on the bridge of the nose. A plastic surgeon can perform surgery to improve the shape of your crooked nose or you can do this handy "Nose Shortening" exercise which will help to strengthen the muscles in that region of the nose.

Using your index finger, push the tip of your nose up. Contract the muscle by flexing your nose down against the resistance created by your finger. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat 30 times, each time concentrating on the muscle forcing your finger down. Keep your breathing steady while performing the exercise. To get the maximum results, perform the Nose Shortener exercise twice a day.

3. The Nose Shaper

The upper part of the nose is made of solid bone and the center part is made from cartilage, so there really is not anything that can be done via exercising. However the bottom part of the nose had several different muscles which can be exercised, and by doing so it is possible to change the general shape of your nose. The "Nose Shaper" exercise involves placing your index fingers down either side of your nose, and flaring your nostrils by using the muscles above and below your nostrils. Your fingers create resistance by keeping your fingers in place against the movement of the nostrils, sort of like weightlifting for your nose.

Repeat this exercise 30 times, twice per day. The end result will create a less droopy nose, but the nostrils will appear wider... so if you don't want wider nostrils maybe you should consider the exercise below instead.

4. Nose Narrowing

Want a more narrow nose? Lower your chin and mouth and narrow your nose in the process. This uses a different set of muscles inside your nose which will help tighten up and narrow the appearance of your nose.

Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat 30 times, twice per day, and observe the long term results as your nose becomes more narrow.

5. Nose Wiggling

This one is easier to do in front of a mirror. Wiggle your nose from side to side, without moving your lips/etc. Why? Well, if you can master it then it makes for an interesting party trick. Not sure if its useful in terms of improving your looks however, but presumably it helps build the muscles within your nose.

Update: Fixing a Crooked Nose

If you are looking for specific information on how to fix a crooked nose I recommend reading the following post: Fixing a Crooked Nose using Nose Exercises.

Maintenance

Keep doing the exercises regularly for maintenance (once per week or so). Like any muscle group, the nose muscles need regular exercise in order to keep their figure.

NOTE: For fun, make before and after photos to see the results over time.

SPECIAL NOTE: So if you thought that rhinoplasty was the only way to reshape and straighten your nose, huzzah, that myth has been busted!

PERSONAL NOTE: I did all of these exercises myself while writing this and now my nose feels sore from exercising it. Advice? Don't overdo it. Stick to the recommended 30 times, twice per day. I saw results within the first week of doing them.

FINAL NOTE: Yes, if you have severe damage to your nose then rhinoplasty is your only remaining option. But that kind of damage is more rare. You shouldn't feel self conscious about the nose you were born with just for society's unrealistic standards of beauty... And as Michael Jackson has previously proven, once you get surgery you can end up becoming obsessed with the shape of your nose and always looking to change it more and more.

PERSONALIZED HELP


I am getting a lot of requests from people wanting personalized advice about their nose and what nose exercises they should do, how often they should do them, special circumstances,  etc. My advice is to follow the instructions listed above and on other posts I have made about nose exercises.

If you are contacting me asking me for personalized help - basically asking for my services in aiding you with your nose exercises, then I will need to charge you my personal training rate ($50 per hour) for my services.

I know this is not the answer many of you are looking for. I have already answered many of the frequently asked questions below in the comments section, and answered many emails from people asking for help with their nose exercises - but I am a busy person and the emails have reached a point where I need to start charging for this service because I cannot answer all of them.

Best of luck with your nose exercises!

92 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post.... I really need it
    I have a bulbous nose and it is wide at the tip, which exercise do you think would help my bulbous nose look a lot thinner???
    Please reply
    Thanks.

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    1. #4. The Nose Narrower should help you.

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    2. I have a parrot type nose can u help me to improve it..

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    3. how can i do no 4 please show picture

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    4. The photo is right next to #4.

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hWH3itvXKMk/UMf_hNan0EI/AAAAAAAANkI/p_eq7T5YiDQ/s320/Nose-Exercises-04.jpg

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  2. I have a normal nose, neither too slim nor too big. but when i smile it becomes droopy and way too wide. which exercises should i follow?

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  3. I have a normal nose, neither too big nor too slim. but when i smile it becomes droopy and way too wide. which exercises should i follow?

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    1. I would need to see a photo to make a recommendation.

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    2. If it is too wide I recommend you do the Nose Narrower.

      To solve the droopy problem the Nose Shortener should also be done too.

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  4. awesome exercises thank u vaery very much it really works great........awesome dude....

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  5. hi, thank you for this exercises
    how can I sen u photos to see which exercise I need?

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  6. hii...m 16 n i had a thin n long nose earlier.. bt now it has becaome a bit fat.. from d bottom and it also has a little hump ... plzz.. recomnd me aan exercise

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    1. Try using the Nose Narrower and the Nose Shaper.

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    2. thnq so much... is der ne tym period..??? means 4 h mny i hav 2 do it 2 see d result..?

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    3. I recommend twice per day for at least 3 weeks to see noticeable results.

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  7. i have a thin nose bt a hump at its end.. makes it appear bigger... plzz.. recmnd n exercise as well as d tym period.. n can dese exersises have adverse effct.. m 19.. can my nose get thinner by dis..??

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    1. I recommend twice per day for at least 3 weeks to see noticeable results.

      No, no adverse effect. Moving your nose is part of normal facial expressions. When you smile you squint your nose and that causes your nose to be raised up (people who don't smile a lot will have droopy noses).

      Yes, if you want a thinner nose you can make it thinner by doing the Nose Narrower exercise.

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  8. I have a short nose. I used a nose reshaper device since then my nose is different from both the sides. I searched on internet,it seem to have broken my nose or smething. Can these exercises work for me?which one will be best for me? i cant afford surgery ...

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    1. I clicked on your name and went to view your Google profile photo. Your nose looks perfectly attractive.

      In which case, using a nose reshaper device might actually damage your "perfect nose".

      Yes, these exercises do work. Although with your beautiful nose, why would you need to?

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    2. yeah it looks good from the sides but round from the front. i have short nose so it looks kindda odd. Also sides of my nose are different.

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    3. What are you trying to accomplish? What is your end goal?

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    4. i just want narrower nose because it looks too wide from front while laughing. Now that i have started observing my nose i found that sides of my nose are different. Is that normal because my nose doesnt look crooked.

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    5. Well then I recommend the Nose Narrower exercise, #4. It will take time and patience to see results however. Remember to use both sides evenly during the exercises so one side doesn't over develop.

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  9. My nose isn't that bad but one of my nostrils hangs down lower than the other, which excercise would help?

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    1. One nostril is lower than the other? That is rather unusual. Could you send a photo to cardiotrek@gmail.com ?

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  10. The sides and the tip are a bit bulky which exercise should I follow

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  11. Hey thats great. My nose tip is slightly to the left side. What exercises should i do?

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  12. Hey thats great. My nose tip is slightly to the left side. What exercises should i do? Will pushing my nose to the right side help?

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  13. Okay i'm 14 and my nose makes me feel really self consious. I have the humpy nose. I want to change the way it looks mainly from the side. What exersises are best for me? Is it permanent? How long untill i see changes(sorry for all the questions)

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  14. I'm really self consious about my nose. I have the humpy nose. I really want to change the way it looks from the side i love it from the front. What exersises are best for me? How long untill i see noticable changes? Will make my nose look like a pig's nose? (sory for all the questions)

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    1. I am not sure what you mean by a humpy nose. Could you send several photos to cardiotrek@gmail.com showing different angles of your nose?

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  15. Hi. I'm 15 and I've been habitually doing the nose shortener exercise on and off for about a year or two because I hated my nose, and I'd like to point out that it really does work. My bottom of my nose used to be droopy, the bottom tilted down like the parrot beak shape, and it was especially bad when I smiled. Now, my nose is straight, and tilted up a bit. The droopy end has definitely flattened and shortened the nose. It's a lot firmer now too. Once you get used to it, you'll just keep doing the exercises by habit. The best time for it is when watching TV or when on the computer. I didn't see much results in the first half a year, but now I definitely see the change, which is impressive considering that the nose is growing, and had been getting worse until I started the exercises. I had planned on getting rhinoplasty to lift the tip, but now I don't think I'll need it, as long as the exercise continues to work.

    If you're considering trying the exercise, it's very effective but only if you keep up with it. The more you do it, the quicker the results, but don't overwork your nose either. The muscles do need to rest sometimes.

    I'll be adding the nose narrowing exercise to my routine as well now, and will let you know if I see results. Thanks for sharing these techniques.

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    1. Did you ever experienced ur nose going back to the way it was after a while of doing the exercises still? Happened to me a couple of times and I can't figure out the problem. Either I'm over working the muscles or it's just temporary?

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    2. Regular maintenance is required for some of the exercises - whereas for some exercises the effects are permanent.

      eg. If you straighten out a damaged nose, it is permanently back to its straightened position. If you are narrowing your nose then you need to maintain its thinness by exercising it once in awhile.

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  16. I have a bulbous fat nose . I tried your exercises but i feel that my nose has become more fat because of Muscle development . kindly let me know which exercise i should do for a little thin and little pointed nose

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  17. I have a fat and bulbous nose . I tried your exercises but i feel that my nose has become still fat because of muscle development. Kindly let me know which exercise suits and how many times should i do it to get little thinner and pointed nose

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    1. Sounds like you are doing the wrong one. Do 4. Nose Narrowing

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  18. I had surgery done in the past. I wasn't happy with the results, that my nose look crooked, wide, droopey, and a hump? What's the best exercise for this? Please tell me and would these exercises work? Thank you

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  19. Is there a number where you can be reach?

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    1. I only give my phone number to personal training clients.

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  20. If you keep doing this everyday, how long will it be until you see changes? :)

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    1. It varies on the person and the exercise, but typically you should see small changes within the first 4 to 6 weeks.

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  21. Hi that's great.. can you please suggest me exercises i have a long and big nose i have send you my nose pics so you can understand what is my nose like its hard to explain I want to have a slim and straight nose as quickly as possible because I don't want people to make fun of me. I am a 22 years old girl. PLEASE HELP

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  22. Hello there! It's been 10 years since a very angry person's fist smashed into my nose making it crooked and forever the object of my shame and insecurity. It leans slightly to the right. I hate it. Which exercises do you suggest?

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  23. My left nostrils is longer than right.What exercises should i do?

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  24. Hey, I'm 17 and feel very self-conscious about my nose. I have quite a droopy nose with a humped bridge and it also sticks out from my face quite a lot which exercises do you recommend?

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  25. I couldn't really get how to do the squinting exercise. English isn't my mother language. Would you please explain it more to me using other words or even a video? Please?
    Thanks.

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    1. Try reading this page for a different description:

      http://www.cardiotrek.ca/2013/08/nose-exercises-do-you-actually-need.html

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  26. Hi i wondered if i stretched the skin above the nosebridge enough, will the skin lift to add symmetry to the entire nose as i just have a slight hump? So im aiming for a smooth curve from the nose bridge.

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    1. Well stretching the skin might improve the elasticity of your skin in that area, it is not going to change the shape of your nose.

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  27. Which time is best to do these exercises?? I have a fat nose.

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  28. which time is best for doing these exercises??

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    1. Morning, afternoon or evening. Whatever time you can remember the easiest. Do the exercises in the shower, while on the subway (you might get funny looks), before/after brushing your teeth, while watching TV. It doesn't matter so long as you REMEMBER to do the exercises.

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  29. hi...how can i send a photo of my nose in order to get your suggestions that which exercise i should adopt ???

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    1. Email me at cardiotrek@gmail.com and send $50 via PayPal. See the section above about Personalized Help.

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    1. Email me at cardiotrek@gmail.com and send $50 via PayPal. See the section above about Personalized Help.

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  31. My nose is narrow but short. And the upper bridge is a little small. I want to grow the upper bone and length of my nose. Please recommend and exercise.

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    1. I charge a fee for Personalized Help. Email me at cardiotrek@gmail.com and send $50 via PayPal. See the section above about Personalized Help.

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  32. Hi..well I have very thick and kinda swollen nasal bridge from both the sides of the nose.. Can u please tell me how to narrow it?

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  33. Should I contract my nose in #4? and what if I overdo the excersize?

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  34. should i contract my nose in #4? What if I overdo the excersize?

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  35. i have big hole and wide nose what exercise should i do???

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  36. Hllo sir i have a bulbous nose and it is also small which exercise shud i do to get a straight nose

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  37. Do these actually work?? Please reply i hate my looks.

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    1. Yes, the exercises do actually work - however results may vary on how often you exercise, the bone structure of a person's nose, and how drastic a change a person is looking for. These exercises are designed to exact small changes in the shape of a person's nose - they will not change the bone structure.

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  38. hey I have a wide nostrils~i don't have any money but can u just tell me a suggestion?

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    1. Nope. I charge $50 per hour for personalized help. No exceptions.

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  39. Hi , I have a slanted nose . what should I do?

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  40. I have a good nose from upper part...but the lower part is of rounded shape....i want my nose a sharp pointed nose...what should i do???? Plzzzz rply

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  41. I have a good nose from upper part... But the lower part is of rounded shape...i want a sharp pointed nose....what should i do??? Plz rply

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  42. Hello,
    my nose is overall good Bt the problem is with me is that I m having wide nostrils which seems to look bad .. people also comments abt my nose so if plz do me a favour and suggest some exercise for the nose so that I can resolve my problem? ?

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  43. To everyone asking about wide nostrils.

    Do #4: The Nose Narrowing Exercise.

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  44. hello,, my nose is going to shaped as parrot beak,,becs its seems that my nose is start lifting from bridge point,,
    plz help me,, my nose bone also feel me pain from bridge point,,

    tell me sm exercise, :(

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  45. if u need thn i'll also send u pics of my nose

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  46. I have a bump on the top middle nose is there any exercise

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  47. I have a bump on the top middle and its a hard bump can i get rid of it

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  48. Hi my nose little bit cross how to make strigh please help me out.

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  49. Hi my nose little bit cross how to make strigh please help me out

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  50. Hey I got a weird story about my nose it was small and perfect until in middle school I started pulling the tip of my nose down (habit) and eventually became droopy and fat on the tip of my nose i did it for years but recently stopped I can show a picture if needed but now the sides of my nose are a little large and the tip is fat which exercise is needed or am I doomed

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  51. i want to know about nose narrow exercise how to do exactly actually i didn't get it like simple i have to do same as you show the picture with it like i have to make an o shape simply

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  52. Hi, I'm really worried About my 👃 . It's kinda odd from the sides but doesn't seems from front. Do I need to get these exercises done. I mean if, then which one.My nose shape hasn't gone bad but it's a slight humpy in upper part.just dnt want surgery.I just want to have a little straight than a bit curve.

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  53. PLEASE BE ADVISED

    *** I charge $50 for personalized service. No money = no personal service. ***

    People can post comments on here asking for help all they want, but if you don't want to pay then I have no reason to answer your questions / guide you through the process. I have work to do, I am not running a charity.

    If you are not sure which exercise you should be doing, then pick the one based on the results you are trying to achieve. If you are still not sure, then asking for my help comes with $50 fee.

    Do not bother me with questions if you have only been doing the exercises for 1 to 4 weeks. These exercises take months to see the visual changes.

    **** Especially don't bother me with questions if you are not willing to pay the $50 fee. ****

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