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What is
Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Certain facial features can sometimes be attributed to the ethnic group to which a person belongs. It’s part of what makes people unique and beautiful. You can be very proud of your heritage, but still not quite happy with a feature specific to your ethnic background. For some people who are of Asian, African American or Middle Eastern descent, this is their nose.

Regular rhinoplasty may work for most people, but ethnic rhinoplasty requires knowledge of the unique features that are sometimes identified with certain ethnic groups. For example, if, because of your ethnicity, you have a somewhat flat nose and want it to be a little more prominent, your surgeon will have to understand how to address this in a way that results in a natural-looking nose, and does not have a detrimental effect on your nasal function. If you’re uncomfortable with the way your nose looks, ethnic rhinoplasty can not only reshape your nose and change your look, it can boost your self-esteem and increase your confidence.


The most important goal of any rhinoplasty is to achieve a nose that is in harmony with the rest of the face. Balance is the key, and this means results should preserve ethnic identity while also complementing other facial features.

In the past, plastic surgeons who were inexperienced and lacked sufficient knowledge of ethnic features often tried to modify Asian noses based on what would look best on Caucasian faces. Obviously, this usually produced in less-than-ideal results. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.

Surgeons now have much more knowledge of how to correctly perform ethnic rhinoplasty and achieve optimal results. During consultation with your surgeon, the doctor will listen to your concerns and goals, and then help you determine the extent to which modification should be made so as to help you achieve those desired results without over-correcting.

Ethnic traits that most often motivate Asian patients to see rhinoplasty include, but are not limited to:

  • Insufficient projection of the nose tip, resulting in a flat appearance
  • A bulbous nose tip that has no definition
  • Nostrils that flare, or are too wide or oblique, overwhelming the bottom portion of the nose
  • A bridge that is too flat (contributing to a flat appearance) or too wide

Asian rhinoplasty may involve removal of skin, cartilage and possibly insertion of facial implants to achieve the desired results. Discuss your concerns and goals with your surgeon.

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African American

While it’s common to consider many people African American based simply on their skin color, the truth is, this ethnic group is very broad and dependent upon more than just color.

People of Caribbean, South American or African descent can present vast differences in the shape and size of the nose. It’s crucial that your surgeon understand these differences in order to address them correctly when performing African American Rhinoplasty.

Ethnic traits that most often motivate African American patients to see rhinoplasty include, but are not limited to:

  • Wide or flat nose tip
  • Broader curvature of the nostrils
  • Depressed nasal front angle

Typically, patients who pursue African American rhinoplasty seek reduced nostril flare, a more defined tip, and a more pronounced bridge. Discuss your concerns and goals with your surgeon.

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Middle Eastern

People from Middle Eastern countries like Iran share common traits and nasal features, and many of them seek rhinoplasty to change those features. In fact, tens of thousands of plastic surgeries take place in Iran every year, rhinoplasty accounting for more than sixty percent of them.

Ethnic traits that most often motivate African American patients to see rhinoplasty include, but are not limited to:

  • Bulbous nose tip
  • Downward facing tip
  • Overall large size
  • Large dorsal (bridge) hump

Middle Eastern people typically have thicker skin on their noses, which an experienced surgeon must take into account when performing rhinoplasty. Discuss your concerns and goals with your surgeon.

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