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Morphometric Analysis and Degree of Satisfaction of Nasal Profiles in Young Medical Students in Northern India

Rohit Sharma, Jolly Agarwal

Keywords : Anthropometry,Leptorrhine,Nasal shapes

Citation Information : Sharma R, Agarwal J. Morphometric Analysis and Degree of Satisfaction of Nasal Profiles in Young Medical Students in Northern India. Clin Rhinol An Int J 2016; 9 (1):24-27.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10013-1258

Published Online: 01-04-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).



The nose is the most prominent feature on the face, giving it an exaggerated importance than other facial features. Many people have some complaints about the shapes of their noses. There is increasing interest in cosmetic rhinoplasty in recent times, but reports of anthropometric measurements of the Indian population are limited.


The objective of this survey was to provide anthropometric data for reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, and medical esthetics.

Materials and methods

A random sample of medical students of both the sexes between the ages of 18 and 25 years from our medical college was obtained for this study. We measured the nasal height, nasal width, and anatomical nasal index. We also inquired about the degree of satisfaction and, in case of dissatisfaction, what an individual wants with his/her nose. The data were analyzed statistically.


Nasal indices were leptorrhine type and showed sexual dimorphism (female vs male: 60.44 vs 67.79). Most of the individuals were satisfied with their nose. Those unsatisfied had larger nasal indices and wanted smaller noses.


This study can help in understanding the need of those who want a more “shapely” nose and can contribute to satisfactory results of cosmetic and reconstructive nasal surgery, anthropology, and forensic medicine.

How to cite this article

Agarwal J, Sharma R, Kumar V. Morphometric Analysis and Degree of Satisfaction of Nasal Profiles in Young Medical Students in Northern India. Clin Rhinol An Int J 2016;9(1):24-27.

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