Every race has some aesthetic features that are unique to it. While not every member of a specific race shares these characteristics, but people who do sometimes seek plastic surgery to change these physical attributes.
Nose reshaping surgery is a popular treatment among patients whose ethnic characteristics include a broad nose. To reduce the wide appearance of their nostrils, people of Asian and African heritage commonly seek rhinoplasty surgery.
It is important for the cosmetic surgeon to modify their surgical approach to the unique anatomy of the patient’s nose. Moreover, the surgeon should be cautious not to modify the patient’s nose to a point where it completely changes their appearance.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding communities.
Enhancing the Nose Appearance in Ethnic Patients
In ethnic rhinoplasty, the surgeon reshapes the nose to create a nasal shape that is more balanced and harmonious with the other facial characteristics of the patient without significantly changing their ethnic features.
Ethnic rhinoplasty procedures for patients of Asian, African American, and Hispanic heritage should take into account the diverse internal and external features of every patient’s nose.
An experienced and well-qualified ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon will evaluate whether an ethnic nose needs dramatic changes in the internal structures to improve the external appearance and attain a look that the patient desires.
Ethnic patients have nose structures that require special attention. For instance, Asian, African American, and Hispanic nose surgery candidates usually have rounder, fuller, and less protruding nasal tips.
These patients may be seeking to extend and refine the nose tip to enable it to appear narrower and taller. Furthermore, ethnic rhinoplasty can also correct wide or excessively flared nostrils.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty Techniques
Ethnic rhinoplasty procedures involve the use of specialized techniques such as creating narrower nostrils, modifying the bone and cartilage shape within the nose, or taking cartilage from other body areas for grafting to develop an extended nose tip.
Synthetic implants are also preferred by some surgeons due to their ease of placement. At times, however, the surgeon only uses the patient’s own cartilage for safe and predictable outcomes. Using such tissue also reduces the risk of complication, extrusion, and migration typically associated with synthetic implants.
Rhinoplasty candidates of Middle Eastern descent choose nose reshaping surgery to refine the nose tip, reduce the nasal hump, and attain a nose shape that is more harmonious with other features of the face.
African American patients consider nose surgery for refining a broad nose bridge, narrowing of wide nostrils, and developing a stronger nasal tip using a cartilage graft sources from the patient’s own cartilage.
In Hispanic patients, the surgeon may reduce a significant nose bridge. On the other hand, they may use a graft to augment a very flat nose to enhance the profile. The surgeon will refine a full or thick nose tip to restore an emphasis on the patient’s eyes and smile.
Surgeons must develop a conservative rhinoplasty plan for ethnic patients. Ethnic rhinoplasty should not compromise on the patient’s ethnic identity and should maintain the features that give a person their individuality and uniqueness. It should only subtly enhance the patient’s natural beauty.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
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