All About Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Noses can be a characteristic feature of an individual's ethnicity and can be perceived as problematic to some of the individuals who possess them. They may not like the shape, size or uniqueness of their nose. Although these traits are not unique to individuals of any specific ethnic background, they are common.
It is important when choosing your plastic facial surgeon that you decide based on the amount of experience they have on all types of noses. You should be able to view before and after photos of rhinoplasties that had similar characteristics to your current nose. You should also choose a surgeon that is able to create a natural looking nose that still holds the harmony between your other facial features.
The most important goal of Asian Rhinoplasty is to achieve a nose that appears in harmony with the rest of the face. Balance is the key, and this means that results should both preserve ethnic identity and compliment other facial features. In the past, inexperience combined with insufficient knowledge often resulted in less than favourable results. It was all too common that an Asian nose was modified according to what would look best on a Caucasian face. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.
The Asian nose requires specific care to enhance or downplay particular areas. During the consultative process, the facial surgeon scheduled to perform the procedure will help you determine the ideal extent to which modification should be made - enough to make the nose more aesthetically appealing, but not to “over correct” and cause another problem.
Traits that may cause an individual of this background to be dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose are the following:
- Insufficient projection of the tip contributing to a flat appearance.
- A bulbous tip that has no definition.
- Nostrils that are too wide or oblique, overwhelming the bottom portion of the nose. Flaring may also exist.
- A bridge that is too flat (contributing to a flat appearance) or too wide.
Cosmetic nose job surgery for Asians may involve removal of skin, cartilage and/or insertion of facial implants to achieve the desired result.
Depending on if an individual’s descent is from the Caribbean, North, east or West Africa or from South America there can be vast differences in the shape and size of the nose. Some common distinct features that an individual may want to correct include:
- Wider/flatter dorsum (tip of the nose)
- Broader curvature of the nostrils
- Depressed nasal front angle
A typical result that most patients want, are reduced nostril flare, a more defined tip and a bridge that is more pronounced. It is best to be open about the type of cosmetic goals that you have with your surgeon to ensure you get the desired result.
Persian & Middle Eastern
In Iran, rhinoplasty is the most popular and sought after and socially accepted plastic surgical procedure. Typical nose characteristics that Middle Eastern patients find bothersome include:
- Bulbous tip
- Downwards facing tip
- Overall large in size
- Large dorsal hump
Middle eastern noses typically have thicker skin on their nose, which an experienced surgeon will need to take into account when making incisions.
Harmony, Enhancement and Refinement are key points that your facial plastic surgeon needs to keep in mind, in order for you to retain the beauty of your ethnic identity. Even with the smallest modification, results can be incredibly dramatic and profoundly affect the self-esteem of the individual.