Why we love Meghan Markle's nose

If you are like me, you (and the rest of the world) have been captivated by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, with her passion for humanitarian rights, grace, and beauty.  Imitation can be the greatest form of flattery.  As such it is no surprise that patients are seeking treatments to achieve her rosy glow, nose, and smile, to name a few. 

As a Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon, evaluating and analyzing facial features is critical.  Based on this analysis and measurements, we can determine what changes can be made and how to achieve a patient’s goals.  Meghan has a very interesting nose and I’d like to share my analysis of her nose and facial aesthetics below from a picture of her in 2018 (reference at bottom).   

When we perform nasal analysis, we take measurements from the side (profile) and front views.  We measure angles and ratios and compare them to “ideals” or standards of beauty.  As we all know, the standard of beauty is constantly in flux and each of us defines our own brand of beauty.  Therefore, these standards and ideals have to be taken with a grain of salt.  It is simply a reference point for achieving balance, harmony and proportion to a face. 

Overall, she has a strong, beautiful nose.  On profile view, she has a slight bump on the dorsum (bridge) of the nose.  She has a supratip break and a strong nasal tip. 

The first picture on the left shows a method for measuring tip projection (how far the nose sticks out from the face) known as the Goode method.  It is the ratio of the distance between the nasal ala (nostril) crease and nasal tip and the distance between the nasion (start of nose at the level of the upper eyelid) to the nasal tip.  The “ideal” ratio is between 0.55-0.6.  Meghan’s tip projection is approximately 0.73 indicating that her nose is slightly over-projected. 

The second picture shows the nasofrontal angle which is an aesthetic facial angle.  This is the angle of the glabella (forehead), nasion (vertex), and nasal tip.  The “ideal” angle is between 115-135 degrees.  Meghan’s nasofrontal angle is approximately 132.8 degrees.  

The third picture is the nasomental angle which is another aesthetic facial angle.  This is the angle of the nasion, nasal tip (vertex), and pogonion (chin).  The “ideal” angle is between 120-132 degrees.  Meghan’s nasomental angle is approximately 131.5 degrees. 

The fourth picture shows the nasolabial angle.  This is a measurement of nasal tip rotation.  It measures the angle of the columellar point, the subnasale (base of columella), and upper lip vermillion border.  The “ideal” angle for a woman is between 95-105 degrees.  For a man, the “ideal” angle is between 90-95 degrees.  Meghan’s nasolabial angle is 95.6 degrees which means she is in the “ideal” but on the lower end of rotation.

This is a shapshot analysis of some aspects of Meghan's nose.  Many other measurements and considerations go into nasal analysis and facial analysis including how the nose fits with the entire face.  I appreciate her strength, poise, intelligence, and beauty and can't wait to see how she will continue to work with the Royal family to make our world better for everyone.  

For questions and comments, please reach out on social or email (IG @archerfacialplastics, Twitter @ArcherMD, FB Kaete Archer, MD @archerfacialplastics, or email drarcher@archerfacialplastics.com)!! 

Measurements and calculations performed in Adobe Photoshop Elements 15.

Picture accessed June 13, 2018 from April 19, 2018 at http://bit.ly/MeghanMarklenose. 

Kaete Archer, MD Facial Plastic Surgeon

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