Ethnic rhinoplasty is a customizable procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of the nose in people with a range of ethnic backgrounds. Since traditional rhinoplasty procedures typically do not work well for non-Caucasian patients, ethnic rhinoplasty is the best alternative.
An ethnic rhinoplasty procedure allows patients to have their surgery tailored for a natural look. At Glasgold Group in Princeton, New Jersey, we assist patients of all ethnicities in creating the nose of their dreams.
What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Traditional rhinoplasty is optimized for Caucasian facial features. Using the techniques of a traditional procedure may produce disappointing results that appear artificial for someone of another ethnicity. The nose designed for a Caucasian patient may look disproportionate for Middle Eastern or African-American patients, for instance.
An ethnic rhinoplasty allows people of color to improve their natural appearance and address potential breathing issues. Ethnic rhinoplasty is performed to fix both cosmetic and health concerns.
A common medical reason for rhinoplasty is to address breathing problems. Patients who have a nasal obstruction or a deviated septum may have difficulty breathing out of both nostrils. Ethnic rhinoplasty can help this problem by permanently changing the structure and support of the nose.
Every patient who seeks a rhinoplasty wants to change certain aspects of their nose. This goal is the same regardless of cultural identity.
An ethnic rhinoplasty helps non-Caucasians achieve a proportional and balanced look while retaining the features and unique look they love. Depending on the individual, the procedure will vary a bit so the surgeon can customize the nose and achieve the patient’s goals.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty Before and After Photos
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
How Ethnic Rhinoplasty Differs From Traditional Surgery
Traditional and ethnic rhinoplasties are performed using the same basic surgical techniques to change the appearance of the nose. Although the shape and size of the nose can be surgically enhanced using the same methods, the structural variations are different. An ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon must understand how the ethnic differences in nasal structure and skin thickness affect the outcome of the procedure and the healing process.
Surgery can include cartilage grafting or implants to support the nasal structure. Specific techniques used in an ethnic rhinoplasty may include bridge augmentation, nasal reduction, and grafting. Traditional rhinoplasty focuses less on flared nostrils, wide bridges, and defined humps in the nose.
Nasal surgery customized for individuals of African descent is extremely popular. Traditional rhinoplasty surgery does not always provide the right balance for African-American patients. Without understanding the natural structure of the face, the nose will stand out for the wrong reasons.
African-American noses often differ from Caucasian noses in both shape and balance. Crooked noses that obstruct breathing are considered a medical health problem. Crookedness can be corrected through ethnic rhinoplasty.
Ethnic rhinoplasty can significantly reduce the size and/or width of the nose while defining its shape. By narrowing the nose as a whole, the surgery can reduce the width of both nostrils. This is a distinct feature for many African-Americans and can be tailored for the individual.
For African-American patients, this procedure often addresses:
- Wide nasal bridges
- Drooping nasal tips
- Low nasal bridges
- Flaring nostrils
Patients of African descent may need extra recovery time to account for skin thickness. Swelling takes several months to fully subside for all rhinoplasty patients, however.
Asian rhinoplasty (typically referring to nasal surgery performed on patients of East Asian descent) can produce a sharper and stronger nasal bridge and an improved nasal tip. Wider nostrils can be narrowed for cosmetic reasons or to repair the nose after an injury.
Enlarging the nose can create a more proportional appearance to the eyes. Since proportions may vary depending on the person and their ethnicity, an ethnic rhinoplasty ensures the most natural look.
Surgeons can improve the nasal tip for patients with weak cartilage. Weak cartilage is known to change the shape of the nose and can dramatically affect the appearance of facial proportions. Reinforcing the cartilage improves the overall structure of the nose.
Implants can be used in addition to cartilage grafts for the tip of the nose. For noses with a bulbous tip, this can create a softer look. Certain grafts such as autologous grafts can last an entire lifetime.
Creating a natural-looking Asian nose requires a different process than altering a Caucasian nose. While Caucasian patients often wish to reduce the bridge of their noses, many Asian patients are more interested in structural augmentation.
For patients of Asian descent, this procedure can address:
- Disproportionate features
- Poor nasal definition
- A flat nose bridge
- Wide nostrils
- Weak structural support
Individuals who choose to get an Asian ethnic rhinoplasty come from all over the globe. Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other patients with an East Asian background can all benefit from this procedure.
Hispanic rhinoplasty is highly effective for individuals with ancestors from Central America, South America, and Mexico. This procedure is frequently performed to narrow the nose and reduce a dorsal hump.
The dorsal hump is a very common bump on the bridge that can make the nose look crooked. To create a straight nose, the nasal bridge must be altered. Nasal bridges can be straightened or curved depending on the individual.
The contour of the nose affects the overall proportion of the face. If the tip of a nose is bulbous or crooked, this may be corrected through ethnic rhinoplasty. This surgery can also help with breathing problems.
Latino heritage can sometimes cause a person to have thicker skin than other ethnicities. Ethnic rhinoplasty surgeons must take this detail into account to produce successful results.
The Hispanic rhinoplasty procedure can address the following issues:
- Bulbous nasal tip
- High bridge
- Broad dorsum
- Weak nasal structure
- Thick skin
- Flared nostrils
Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty
Middle Eastern features do not typically benefit from surgery designed for Caucasian patients. Many Middle Eastern patients have a weakened nasal tip that may droop. This can be corrected through ethnic rhinoplasty.
A dorsal hump is made up of cartilage and can affect the overall shape of the nose. Noses with a straight slope do not have dorsal humps and appear more proportional. Dorsal humps are genetically inherited and can be straightened with surgery.
Deviated septums that cause breathing problems can also be fixed. By correcting structural problems within the nose that affect breathing, sleep and exercise become much easier and more comfortable. Regardless of the reason for a Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, the nose can affect an individual’s overall facial structure.
Middle Eastern rhinoplasty can address the following common concerns:
- Drooping nasal tip
- Nose size
- Breathing issues
- Dorsal hump
- Weakened structure
- Crooked profile
Ethnic rhinoplasty helps individuals of Middle Eastern descent gain a proportional and natural look. By blending an altered nose with ethnic features, the face is enhanced while maintaining a natural appearance.
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Why Choose Glasgold Group
Ethnic Rhinoplasty is a complex and custom procedure that requires a high level of skill and knowledge to perform properly. At the Glasgold Group, our surgeons have decades of experience while patients and peers alike respect them for the beautiful, natural-looking results they produce consistently. By choosing the Glasgold Group for your procedure, you can expect results of the highest caliber and the knowledge that your safety and satisfaction are top priorities.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold is a co-director of the Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program of AAFPRS.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold has an American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a co-director of the Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program of AAFPRS.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are similarities between traditional and ethnic rhinoplasty and they use the same surgical methods, but there are also some notable differences. Depending on the individual, patients may want to alter different areas of the nose or make different kinds of adjustments.
A facial plastic surgeon who has experience in working with people of different ethnicities is much more qualified for helping rhinoplasty patients with diverse backgrounds than a general surgeon who hasn’t studied ethnic rhinoplasty. There are specific techniques that can help patients achieve their goals while maintaining a natural look and retaining their nose’s ethnic features.
Nasal tips help create the overall structure of the nose. A pronounced nasal tip will affect the rest of the face if it does not look proportional. A nasal tip that droops is often due to problems in the vertical strip of tissue in between both nostrils (columella). By strengthening the columella, the nasal tip will stay more upright.
Depending on the individual, healing from an ethnic rhinoplasty can take approximately ten to fourteen days. This does not mean the patient is in pain this entire time. They may have some swelling or bruising. The kind of job a patient has will determine if they feel comfortable enough to go back to work.
Residual swelling can take up to a year to resolve.
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