Better Health: Smart Health Commentary Better Health (TM): smart health commentary

Article Comments (1)

The Plastic Surgery Solution To “Angry Face Syndrome”

I must say when I first read the title of this article (full reference below) I thought it was a joke. Apparently, I was just unaware this syndrome exist.

The authors state, “The finding of frontal bossing, deep radix, straight nasal dorsum, and an over projection of the nasal tip constitutes the angry face syndrome.” (photo credit, from article)

The authors note, “When the syndrome components of frontal bossing, a deep radix, and nasal tip projection are present but include a significant nasal dorsal hump (instead of a straight dorsum), the angry face syndrome does not apply. Somehow the dorsal hump negates the message of anger to the observer.”

Their solution is a rhinoplasty

with attention to a major radix augmentation graft and substantial reduction of the nasal tip projection. In addition, as with the illustrative cases described herein (Figures 1, 2, and 3), we also correct other offending features at the same time (eg, dependent nasal tip, boxy tip, poor alar support, alar base width, wide nasal bones).

Their conclusion:

In all of our years of teaching rhinoplasty, we have always maintained that in considering surgery, the patient must understand that nothing in the external world will change because the of the patient’s rhinoplasty. The only thing that will change is the way the patient feels about himself or herself, ie, their self-esteem.

Rhinoplasty for the angry face syndrome, however, may be the exception to the rule.


The Angry Face Syndrome; Pastorek NJ, White WM; Arch Facial Plast Surg 2011;13(2):131-133; doi:10.1001/archfacial.2011.14

*This blog post was originally published at Suture for a Living*

You may also like these posts

    None Found

Read comments »

One Response to “The Plastic Surgery Solution To “Angry Face Syndrome””

  1. facial surgery says:

    It is so popular in this modern generation. if any one fell that not looking good in this lookup. then they can change the lookup using a surgery. for that it is very helpful.

Return to article »

Latest Interviews

IDEA Labs: Medical Students Take The Lead In Healthcare Innovation

It’s no secret that doctors are disappointed with the way that the U.S. healthcare system is evolving. Most feel helpless about improving their work conditions or solving technical problems in patient care. Fortunately one young medical student was undeterred by the mountain of disappointment carried by his senior clinician mentors…

Read more »

How To Be A Successful Patient: Young Doctors Offer Some Advice

I am proud to be a part of the American Resident Project an initiative that promotes the writing of medical students residents and new physicians as they explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery. I recently had the opportunity to interview three of the writing fellows about how to…

Read more »

See all interviews »

Latest Cartoon

See all cartoons »

Latest Book Reviews

Book Review: Is Empathy Learned By Faking It Till It’s Real?

I m often asked to do book reviews on my blog and I rarely agree to them. This is because it takes me a long time to read a book and then if I don t enjoy it I figure the author would rather me remain silent than publish my…

Read more »

The Spirit Of The Place: Samuel Shem’s New Book May Depress You

When I was in medical school I read Samuel Shem s House Of God as a right of passage. At the time I found it to be a cynical yet eerily accurate portrayal of the underbelly of academic medicine. I gained comfort from its gallows humor and it made me…

Read more »

Eat To Save Your Life: Another Half-True Diet Book

I am hesitant to review diet books because they are so often a tangled mess of fact and fiction. Teasing out their truth from falsehood is about as exhausting as delousing a long-haired elementary school student. However after being approached by the authors’ PR agency with the promise of a…

Read more »

See all book reviews »