Ethnic rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty

An ethnic nose is not just a nose; it may be one of your most defining ethnic characteristics and the goal in rhinoplasty should be to create a nose that looks natural on your face. That is why there is a special category called “Ethnic Rhinoplasty” that focuses on preserving ethnic features while reshaping the nose.

Ethnic rhinoplasty can be more challenging than traditional rhinoplasty for several reasons:

  • Ethnic skin is usually thicker, making it more difficult for the plastic surgeon to predict what the final results will be unless he or she has a good understanding of the skin and structures of ethnic noses.
  • Many ethnic noses are more delicate. Cartilage grafts may be required to get the best results.
  • Darker skin presents additional challenges where scarring is concerned, so the surgeon must take extra precautions with incisions.

In many cases, ethnic rhinoplasty is more complex than traditional rhinoplasty. Read through our guide to see how important it is for you to find a specialist who can create the most attractive ethnically-compatible nose for you and preserve your unique ethnic characteristics.

African American Rhinoplasty

African American Rhinoplasty before and after pictures

There is a lot of variation from one African-American or black, nose to another. Noses of Ethiopian blacks who grew up in a cold mountain climate in Africa generally have wider bridges and more well-defined tips than blacks from the warmer, flatter parts of Africa whose noses are generally flattered with larger nostrils. The African-American ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon must create a nose that is ethnically-compatible and in harmony with all of the other facial features.

Compared with Caucasian noses, African-American noses typically:

  • are wider and flatter in shape
  • have a flatter, depressed bridge
  • have flaring, wider nostrils
  • have a deeper angle between forehead and nose
  • have thicker skin
  • have thinner, less defined cartilage

There is no single rhinoplasty method that works for every African-American patient. Tissue or cartilage grafting may be necessary to give definition to the nose, and extra care must be taken to minimize scarring when doing nostrils reductions. The skilled surgeon will listen to the patient’s wishes and work to soften and refine the nose while preserving the patient’s unique African-American ethnicity.

Asian Rhinoplasty

Asian Rhinoplasty before and after pictures

Many Western rhinoplasty patients undergo surgery to reduce the size of an overly large nose. This, however, is often the opposite for Asian patients.

Compared with Caucasian noses, Asian noses typically:

  • sit flatter and deeper on the face
  • have a wider base
  • have some flare to the nostrils
  • have thicker, oily skin
  • have thinner cartilage

Many Asian rhinoplasty patients want more definition added to the bridge of the nose to make it a bit larger, particularly to make eyeglass-wearing more comfortable. Another common request is to make the nose fuller and to lengthen the tip.

Asian rhinoplasty requires a completely different approach than Caucasian rhinoplasty. Harvesting ear, skull, or rib bone from Asian patients for tissue grafts may not be ideal because the material is too bulky and difficult to shape. Consequently, some surgeons use silicone implants because they feel they work better with the Asian skin and cartilage. Other specialists may use a breathable fabric called Gore-Tex®.

Hispanic Rhinoplasty

Hispanic Rhinoplasty before and after photos

“Hispanic” can refer to people with Central or South American, Spanish, Portuguese, or Caribbean (e.g., Cuban, Puerto Rican, Costa Rican) heritage. Consequently, the Hispanic nose can be a unique intermingling of diverse races and may have a combination of characteristics from indigenous Indians, Africans, or Spanish Caucasians. This is often called the “Mestizo” nose.

Compared with Caucasian noses, Hispanic noses typically:

  • are small in comparison to their broad faces and prominent cheekbones
  • have a small nasal hump
  • have wider nostrils
  • have a wider and lower bridge
  • have bulbous tips
  • have softer cartilage in the tip
  • have thicker, oily skin

Many Hispanic patients desire a narrower nose with narrower nostrils and a more refined tip. Cartilage grafts are often necessary to refine and lift the nasal tip, and the new nose needs to fit a more rounded Hispanic face with larger features than Caucasians. Skilled ethnic rhinoplasty surgeons must take the Hispanic ethnicity into consideration and adjust their techniques in order to create the perfect ethnically-balanced Hispanic nose.

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