When people talk to me about noses they don’t like, two names were often mentioned: Micheal Jackson and Karl Malden. Both were supremely talented, yet polar opposites who grew up in Gary , Indiana and both passed away within one week of each other.
Patients would often tell me that they would not want their nose to look like Karl Malden. Karl Malden stated his nose looked like it did because of having several broken noses with sports. He once joked that “the only actor in Hollywood whose nose qualifies him for handicapped parking.” His large, bulbous nose became a trademark and part of his face and personna, adding to the character he played in movies. His nose is often stated as the nose that patients would not want to have.
Michael Jackson’s nose and his nose surgeries have been well chronicled. He sought to have and change his nose drastically, changing his appearance from a handsome young man to a symbol of going too far in plastic surgery. In many ways, his appearance has helped serve as a reminder in plastic surgery that more surgery and more extreme surgery does not equate to more harmonious results.
Both of these transformative figures will surely be missed for their lifelong accomplishments in music and acting. However, their famous noses, one too large and the other too small, will also not be forgotten.