Ethnic Rhinoplasty (non-Caucasian rhinoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure designed for achieving optimal aesthetic results for African American, Hispanic, and Asian descent patients, while helping them retain their natural features that make them unique.
Difference Between Traditional and Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Non-Caucasian noses, including noses on Hispanic patients have certain characteristics that set them apart. Hispanics typically have a nose that is covered with denser skin and the bones are smaller and shorter. The cartilage in Hispanic noses is also less compared to Caucasian noses. Finally, the Alar Base or nasal width in Hispanic noses is broader.
The traditional rhinoplasty surgery is referred to as a reductive surgery. This is because a common characteristic such as a protruding hump calls for reducing the size of the nose bridge in order to make your nose look smaller.
On the other hand, ethnic rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves addition or building up. The surgeon needs to have an entirely different skill set in order to perform an ethnic rhinoplasty.
The Nose Structure of Hispanics
The features of a Hispanic nose may vary depending on the particular heritage and origin. The origin of the Castilian nose is in Spain and it might have a very visible nasal bump along with a droopy nasal tip.
The Mestizo nose on the other hand, is a combination of European and Native American origin. It has a broader appearance: flattened bulbous nasal tip, dense skin, and wide bridge. Other Hispanic nose types like Mexican-American may have a combination of these various noses. It is important to treat each nose differently.
Some of the common elements of an ethnic rhinoplasty surgery include nasal tip augmentation, nasal dorsum adjustments, and nasal base reduction. In order to perform nasal augmentation, the plastic surgeon may utilize cartilage grafts. Nasal dorsum adjustments are taken care of by controlled bone fractures as well as suture techniques.
Nasal base reduction involves making tiny incisions at the nostril base as well as in the area around it. The scars tend to get completely hidden in the shadowed region.
There are some critical objectives that need to be kept in mind when performing an ethnic rhinoplasty. These objectives include:
Compatibility and Retention of Ethnic Features
The majority of patients who undergo an ethnic rhinoplasty are looking to retain a bit of their original cultural appearances. Hence, the goal of the surgery is to improve the appearance of the nose while maintaining certain desirable characteristics.
Ensuring Facial Harmony
There are multiple factors that determine facial harmony. These include the patient’s facial dimensions, bone structure, gender, facial aesthetic contours, and ethnicity. Facial harmony requires keeping the nose congruent with all other facial features.
Maintenance of the Nasal Function
The ethnic rhinoplasty procedure should aim to retain the nasal structure strength as this is important for optimal breathing.
Consulting a specialist in Ethnic rhinoplasty is recommended for all Hispanic patients looking to improve the appearance of their nose.
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If you’re planning to undergo a rhinoplasty but you’re concerned about losing the features that make you unique, you should consult an experienced surgeon who has a history of performing an ethnic rhinoplasty.
With the help of Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, you can obtain the nose you desire and retain the features that give you your identity. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.