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10 Weird Facts About Your Nose Anatomy

Nose Anatomy is More Interesting Than You Thought

Think you know all there is to know about your nose? You may know the basics about this weird and wonderful organ, but at Northeastern Plastic Surgery, we’re experts on rhinoplasty and nose anatomy. We wanted to share these 10 facts about your nose that may surprise you:

  • Humans don’t smell with their noses. It’s actually the brain that does the job. The more than 10 million olfactory nerves in your nose are only responsible for capturing smells and sending them to the brain, where the smells are then identified.
  • Everyone has different sneezing styles that are genetically determined. So, whether your sneeze is a single loud “aaah-choo” or an almost silent sniffle, you inherited your sneeze style from your parents.
  • No matter your sneezing style, the result is the same. When you sneeze, the irritant, along with about 40,000 droplets of moisture, get expelled from your nose at about 100 miles per hour. If you didn’t cover your mouth (not recommended), all that stuff would land at least 5 feet in front of you.
  • The best air filter in the world is the human nose. Your nostrils are lined with tens of thousands of hairs that block germs, viruses, dust, and pollen. It’s safe to trim longer nose hairs if desired, but never pluck. Plucking leaves a small opening that could get infected.
  • In addition to hair, your nasal cavity has grooves in it. As you inhale, air swirls around these cavities, which adds moisture and warms the air to match your body temperature before it reaches your lungs.
  • About 1 quart of mucus is produced by your sinuses every day. Mucus contains white blood cells and enzymes responsible for fighting infections. This is one of the grosser parts of nose anatomy, but it’s vital to your health.
  • The human nose is capable of detecting more than 10,000 scents.
  • What we refer to as the “roof of the mouth” is actually the floor of the nasal cavity.
  • One of the biggest misconceptions about nose anatomy is that the bones in the nose can break. But the nose has no bones. It’s actually the cartilage that breaks.
  • Although stuffed sinuses can be annoying, sinuses are one of the most important parts of nose anatomy. These air-filled structures make human heads lighter, and according to scientists, probably played a role in enabling early humans to walk upright. Sinuses also serve as air cushion shock absorbers that protect the brain and eyes.

These facts may have come as a surprise, but one fact you probably already know is that the shape and size of your nose has a large impact on your entire facial appearance. If you are unhappy with how your nose looks, then speak to a plastic surgeon about rhinoplasty. A skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon can reshape your nose and improve your overall appearance, while ensuring that your nose will still perform all the vital functions required to keep you healthy.

If you’re thinking about rhinoplasty, then contact Northeastern Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation with Dr. Fodero. He and the staff are very friendly, helpful, and available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.