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What Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Published on January 30, 2019

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished that your nose fit better with the rest of your features? If so, it may be time to consider rhinoplasty surgery, also known as a nose job.

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a type of rhinoplasty in which the nose is reshaped with special care given to ensure that the cultural features of the face are preserved.

Good Candidates for Ethnic Rhinoplasty

The first step of the procedure is determining whether one is a suitable candidate for the surgery. If a person is experiencing nasal airflow problems or feels that their nose has cosmetic issues, they are typically a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

The following issues are common reasons for getting rhinoplasty surgery:
• Crooked nose
• Disproportionate nasal bridge
• Deviated septum resulting in difficulty in breathing
• Alar pinching
• Disproportionate flaring nostrils
• Hanging columella (the area of external skin separating the nostrils)
• Bulbous nasal tip
• Dorsal hump (obvious undesirable bump on the bridge of nose)
• Upturned nose

Your Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation

Your plastic surgeon will invest the time to understand each individual candidate’s unique aesthetic needs and goals. He will do a complete check-up and become acquainted with the patient’s medical history, list of allergies, and overall facial structure.

He will examine the entire countenance of the patient and take into consideration other features that the nose will need to be balanced with. The lips, chin, and various other facial features are all affected by the dimensions of the nose.

The doctor will then create a surgical plan to achieve an aesthetically pleasing version of the nose in harmony with one’s ethnic features. No two individuals are alike, and what may look great on one person might look completely incongruous on another.

The Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedure

The ethnic rhinoplasty procedure focuses on adjusting the structure of the patient’s nose in accordance with the patient’s cosmetic needs while maintaining their ethnic features. Optimal treatment results are ensured by tailoring the procedure to suit the patient’s unique case.

A closed or open surgical procedure may be chosen depending on the procedure’s complexity and the types of corrections to be made. Closed incisions are ones made inside the nostrils. Open incisions are ones made on the columella.

Typically, the procedure involves reshaping the cartilage and the bone lying beneath the skin. Cartilage grafts are used to augment the areas lacking in volume.

Commonly followed procedures in ethnic rhinoplasty include augmenting the nasal bridge, narrowing or reducing flared nostrils, and refining or changing the length of the nasal tip.

Many or all of these techniques can be used for conducting rhinoplasty in African-American, Middle-Eastern, Hispanic, and Asian patients while taking into account their unique cultural features.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon for You

Variations in ethnic demography need to be accounted for during ethnic rhinoplasty. Because of this, it is important to choose a plastic surgeon who has experience with these variations and will take them into account.

Doctors Bivik Shah and Robert F. Centeno are skilled and highly experienced board-certified plastic surgeons with numerous satisfied rhinoplasty patients. Contact our office to set up your ethnic rhinoplasty consultation.