Ethnic Rhinoplasty: What’s it All About?
What Does Ethnic Rhinoplasty Mean?
Not all rhinoplasty surgery is the same. Ethnic rhinoplasty is a specialized form of nose surgery in which the nose is altered to suit the patient’s face without diminishing the patient’s ethnic characteristics. This procedure also considers the unique external and internal ethnic features of a patient’s nose. If you are Hispanic, African American, Asian, or Indian and considering rhinoplasty surgery, it’s essential to choose a plastic surgeon specializing in non-Caucasian rhinoplasty.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty Requires a Unique Approach
Different ethnic groups have different nasal characteristics, both externally and internally. These characteristics must be taken into consideration to produce beautiful results that look natural, do not detract from the patient’s ethnic identity, and heal correctly.
Patients who are of Asian, Hispanic, or African descent, for example, tend to have wider nasal bases, thicker skin, a lower dorsum or bridge, and limited caudal septal support. Common requests for rhinoplasty often include a narrowed nostril base, a higher bridge, and a narrowed tip.
To achieve these results, the surgeon must use a very different technique with an ethnic patient than with a Caucasian patient. The bridge must typically be augmented with cartilage and soft tissue materials rather than narrowing the bridge by breaking the nose. Because “ethnic” noses often have thin tip cartilage and weak tip support, providing more definition and thinning to the tip of the nose usually requires a specialized stabilizing graft made from the patient’s cartilage.
Thicker skin is also a concern as it can increase the risk of scarring and swelling. Rhinoplasty on ethnic patients is usually a closed surgery to keep incisions hidden inside of the nose.
Choosing an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgeon
If you are considering rhinoplasty and you are non-Caucasian, it’s vital to choose a surgeon with experience treating people with similar noses. During your initial consultation, as about how the surgeon’s techniques differ from those used for Caucasian noses, how many rhinoplasty procedures the surgeon has performed on people of the same ethnicity as you, and what type of grafting material the surgeon uses for the best possible results.
Choosing an ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon is a big decision. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss the unique approach for your procedure to give you the results you are looking for.