• 1 Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak


Human nose can be found in many shapes and sizes. Racial, ethnic and environmental
influences can result in different appearances of the nose. Nasal parameters such as nasal
height, nasal width and nasal index were investigated in the Malay population, using
convenient sampling methods. Study sample consisted of 80 young Malay adults (40
males, 40 females) aged 19-30 years. The mean + SD values of nasal height of Malay
male and female were 52.2 + 5.3 and 50.4 + 9.7 respectively. The mean + SD values of
nasal width of Malay male and female were 39.7 + 3.0 and 36.7 + 3.2 respectively. Mean
nasal indices in male and female were 76.66 and 74.55 respectively. The predominant
nose type in Malay was found to be of mesorrhine type (medium nose) in both male
(67.5%) and female (70%). These findings were comparable with studies done in other
Asian races such as Malaysian Indian, Chinese and other Indians. The findings of this
study may contribute to satisfactory outcomes in cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplastic
surgery, anthropology, and forensic medicine in the Malay population.