Every race has aesthetic characteristics that are specific to it. Not every member of a particular race shares these attributes. However, individuals who do sometimes choose to undergo plastic surgery to change these features.
Rhinoplasty is a sought-after treatment among patients whose ethnic features include a wide nose. People of African and Asian descent often consider rhinoplasty to reduce the flared appearance of their nostrils.
It is crucial that the plastic surgeon modifies their surgical approach to the specific physical structure of the patient’s nose. The surgeon should not alter the nose shape beyond a point where it completely changes a patient’s appearance.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.
Improving the Appearance of the Nose in Ethnic Patients
Ethnic rhinoplasty refers to a nose reshaping plastic surgery where the nose is surgically modified to develop a nose shape that is more balanced and proportionate to the patient’s other facial features without drastically altering their ethnic features.
Asian, African American, and Hispanic nose reshaping procedures should take into consideration the varied internal and external ethnic attributes of each patient’s nose.
A well-qualified and experienced ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon will assess if an ethnic nose requires significant changes in the internal structures to enhance the external appearance and achieve a look that is satisfactory to the patient.
The ethnic nose structure has distinct attributes which require special attention. For example, Asian, African American, and Hispanic patients commonly have fuller, rounder, and less protuberant nose tips.
They may be seeking to extend and refine the nasal tip to appear taller and narrower. Ethnic rhinoplasty can also address the common condition of nostrils being too wide or excessively flared.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty Techniques
In an ethnic nose reshaping procedure, the surgeon will use specialized techniques such as changing the cartilage and bone shape within the nose, making the nostrils narrower or even sourcing cartilage from other areas of the body for grafting to create an extended nasal tip.
Certain surgeons prefer to use synthetic implants because of the ease of placement. However, in some cases, they can only use the patient’s own tissue for safe and predictable results. This will also lower the risk of complications, migration or extrusion usually associated with synthetic implants.
Patients from Middle Eastern ancestry usually choose rhinoplasty to reduce the nasal hump, refine the nose tip, and achieve a nose shape that is more proportionate to the other facial features.
African American candidates seek rhinoplasty for the refinement of a wide nasal bridge, narrowing of wide nostrils, and building up a weak nasal tip by using a cartilage graft taken from elsewhere in the body.
The surgeon may reduce a very prominent nose bridge in Hispanic patients. Alternatively, they may strengthen the profile by grafting a very flat nose. The plastic surgeon will refine a bulbous or thick nose tip to restore focus on the patient’s smile and eyes.
It is vital that the surgeon develops a surgical plan that is conservative in nature. Ethnic rhinoplasty should maintain the characteristics that lend a person their uniqueness and individuality and not compromise their ethnic identity. Rather, it should subtly enhance a patient’s inherent beauty.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA.
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